Tuesday, April 8, 2014

When God Shows Up

I see God everywhere.

Not a floating, pillar of smoke, but more like in nuances and subtleties. 

I see Him in themes and repetition. 

In words I read or that are offered to me by a friend or an acquaintance.

In verses that "randomly" pop up everywhere.

I believe it's God's way of whispering, "I'm here. I see you. I hear you. I care about you."

For example, I was having a conversation with a friend who is struggling the other day. She is frustrated in waiting for God's timing. (And who hasn't struggled with that, really?)

I shared with her the verse that our pastor shared in church that morning from Isaiah 43:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine."

And I also shared with her about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel.  They were thrown in a blazing furnace because they refused to bow down to the king. The king was so furious about their insubordination, that he had the furnace turned up 7 times hotter than normal. It was so hot, in fact, that the soldiers who tied up these men and threw them in the furnace were killed.

But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not killed, They were not left with so much as the smell of smoke on their clothing. The only things burned off were the ropes that bound them!

I shared all of this in an effort to offer my friend some semblance of hope that her situation is not forever and that God is in the details. That He is always there for us, even when our situation seems impossible.

And guess what showed up in my newsfeed today?

Yep, God is everywhere. 

And He cares enough about my friend to offer this affirmation. And He cares enough about me to put it in my path so that I can be a small part of ministering to her. And this kind of thing happens to me all the time!

Be aware. Look around you. Start noticing where He shows up in your life in seemingly random ways. 

He's there. 

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