July 20, 2020

Most of the time, I am too dense and self-involved to see God in action.  But every once in a while, I see God doing something.  It happened yesterday.

Sunday, after we live streamed the worship service from the chapel, I walked across the street towards my office in Dennis Hall.  Before I got to the door, Jey stepped out and yelled, “Pastor.”   And while I naturally expect this sort of response after preaching the best sermon in the history of sermons, I was a little surprised by Jey’s enthusiasm.  That’s when he explained he saw God doing something.

My sermon was on Gideon from the book of Judges.  In the sermon, I quoted the 139 Psalm.  Earlier in the week, Pastor Kit had taught our youth the meaning behind the story of Gideon.   Then, on Sunday morning, when  Jey taught the Sunday school lesson on Zoom, his subject matter was the 139 Psalm.

None of this had been coordinated.  The three of us did not know what the other was going to preach/teach.  Out of the sixty six books in the Bible and the one hundred fifty psalms in the Book of Psalms, the three of us used the exact same texts.  That’s when we realized the Holy Spirit was at work.  It was an exciting blessing to see.

The point to this meandering story is that I would not have seen God at work if Jey had not pointed it out.

What we believe is that God is always working in our lives.  Sometimes we see God’s hand in action, most of the time, we don’t.  But that doesn’t mean God is not here as an active presence.

Did you know that at this moment, God is engineering the events of this day to bring you closer to him and allow you to make a difference in the life of someone in need?  That’s because God loves you too  much not to be involved.

God’s promise is to always be working in our lives.  That’s why scripture says:  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)

As you begin this new day, be mindful of the fact that God is present, God is acting, and God expects each of us to respond. 

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, open my eyes so that I may see your will for my life.  Give me the wisdom,  strength, and resolve to follow your call.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Some would say we have a meddlesome God.  I like a God that meddles.  I hope you do too.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins