God is neither whimsical nor random in His involvement in the lives of His people. He provides, at just the right time, the right circumstances and people to make certain His plans are accomplished.
I read this during my quiet time this morning. I noticed a common thread while I read my devotional- “If its worth doing alone, its probably not worth doing”. I think back on all the ways God has blessed my life, even in the rock bottom hard times. I continued to read and this is what struck me:
“In The God Hunt, Karen Mains suggests four ways to perceive Gods active presence:
- 1. Any obvious answer to prayer (even the smallest)
- 2. Any unexpected evidence of his care
- 3. Any help to do God’s work in the world
- 4. Any unusual linkage or timing
Karen suggests that we remember these moments, crafting them into stories to be told around our tables, with our families, with our friends. That we remember. So that others may know that this God is a God who takes an intimate and personal interest in our lives.”
I had to stop and re read the list.
Any obvious answer to prayer– Yes! I look back at my life and can see His hand all over it! From the moment I found out about Emma Grace to the cancer that has entered my life these last few months.
Any unexpected evidence of his care– Yes! My finding out about the brain tumor without experiencing one symptom was an unexpected evidence of his care. My trip to Mayo was an unexpected evidence of His care (and how God worked through you to make that trip possible!). Finding out about Emma’s heart defect at exactly the right moment while pregnant (and His moving us at that time to Sarasota) was an unexpected evidence of His care. My life is riddled with many unexpected evidences of His care.
Any help to do God’s work in the world You guys are proof of that.
Any unusual linkage or timing I answered this one in number two!
But we are not powerless. From the beginning of the world, God designated naming rights to human beings. You too have naming power: the ability to speak into a situation to call forth life from that place. You have the power to refuse to be an Eeyore, who famously said “Tut tut, it looks like rain.” You have the power to refuse any doomsday-prophet syndromes. You can refuse the darkness and look for the pinprick of light, look for the good in a bad situation, choose to see God’s hand in rock hard times instead of turning your back on him.
Wow. I really really needed to hear that today. I cant tell you how much I needed to hear that. And then I thought if I needed it, maybe one of you needed to hear it today too…
But as for you, you meant evil against me: but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Genesis 50:20
Edited to add: Nicole Medsker left this in my comments this morning:
Heather, I read you blog everyday and you are such an inspiration to me and so many other people. Your blog is like a daily devotion and the band of Christian people that surround this site is amazing. I have a favorâ€¦.there is a young woman in Kansas City (I donâ€™t know her personally) that has a very rare form of colon cancer and I think she would benefit from having the love that surrounds you and this blog surround her. She has just received some scary news and could use our love, support and prayers.
Wont you help me bless her today?