It is interesting how God orchestrates our lives.
Those times He delays an arrival, gives us a nudge to change a reservation, or perhaps encourages us to make the call.
Since the day of our birth, God has worked within the things we consider small or mundane.
For God, details matter.
It’s during these small mundane events that God invites us to open our eyes and look around. And when we are obedient, these events can unfold and become sweet insights into the character of our Father. They teach us that He is interested in the intimate details of our lives and the lives around us.
God’s choreography was apparent in the lives of my friend Beth and her husband, Daniel.
It had been a day of volunteering, followed by running a few errands, and a stop at the drive-thru. Daniel wanted to make a quick stop at the grocery store. But darkness had come, and Beth wanted to call it a day. Yet Daniel seemed certain they needed to stop. So, a short detour, a brisk walk through the store, and they were headed back to the car.
As they were unlocking the trunk, they saw a figure out of the corner of their eyes. It was an older woman, purse slung over her shoulder. She was bent slightly at the waist, struggling under the weight of her grocery bags. She made her way slowly into the crosswalk, adjusted her load, and continued to the parking lot.
Beth and Daniel watched the struggling woman as they began to drive in her direction. As their car came close, Beth motioned for Daniel to stop – she jumped out. Approaching the woman, she asked, “Do you need some help?” The woman looked up, shuffled her bags from hand to hand, and responded, “Yes, thank you.”
Beth took the grocery bags, the woman directed her to her car.
Once the packages were settled in the back seat, Beth asked, “Are you OK?” With tears forming in her eyes, the woman looked at Beth. No words were needed, it was clear the woman struggled with more than the weight of her groceries. Her face wore the sadness resulting from years of disappointments. Her eyes reluctantly made contact then quickly looked to the ground – reflecting the brokenness that controlled her life.
Beth reached out a hand touching the woman on the shoulder and then a second. She gently hugged her.
Tears now streamed down the woman’s face. She held onto Beth and whispered, “I’m fine now. You’ve made my day!”
Beth patted the woman on the back and then released her. The woman straightened her sweater and turned, moving towards her car. Beth walked back to her vehicle and watched as the woman disappeared through the driver’s door. Before the woman drove away she looked out the window and said, “God bless you!”
Beth wanted nothing more than to go home. Daniel obeyed a nudge to detour to the grocery store. God orchestrated an encounter that gave hope to a woman struggling and broken.
And by God’s grace, He has done the same for us. He choreographed His plan of salvation by sending His Son into this dark world to give hope and forgiveness to a people who are struggling and broken by the heavy weight of sin. With perfect timing, He coordinated every detail to make us His very own.
God is interested in every aspect of our lives in ways we could never anticipate. He coordinates the subtle nuisances of our days, weaving them into His perfect plan.
Romans 8:27-28 assures us that,
He (God) knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
The Message (MSG)
I encourage you to look around. Listen to those little promptings. God may nudge you to participate in a well-orchestrated plan that brings relief to a person in need, a miracle in your life. And by your faithful participation, the love of Jesus can be openly shared.
You can trust His timing, His plan, His choreography.
He loves you.
You are His BeLOVED.
Jim, thank you for your amazing contribution to this post!