I consider it a real blessing to be able to listen to Christian radio at work. Sirius FM plays throughout the clinic but there isn’t a speaker where I sit, so I have a radio on my desk and am able to tune it to anything I want.

Typically I run around and don’t get to sit at my desk for long periods of time during the day, but there is a span of about two hours when I am able to sit, listen, and sing along with the radio.  I very much enjoy that part of my day.

It’s during that time that I get to hear uplifting songs and sometimes a nugget of truth from God’s Word or a funny story…however, today was different.  There was a break in songs, and a local pastor came on the radio.  I figured he would share a short devotion or some insight, and I was intrigued by what God might say through him.  As I listened, I noticed that it became more and more difficult to hear, not only because of the noise of the clinic, but because his nugget of truth went on…

and on…

and on…  

It sounded much more like a sermon than a nugget, and I quickly became irritated…

and more irritated…

and more irritated…

So irritated in fact, that I sent an email to the radio station, admittedly not the nicest email, asking why there was preaching and not songs, because I listen specifically to Life 102.5 for the songs…but got no immediate response.

Time continued to drag as he continued to preach, and in his Southern preaching style began to get louder

and louder…

and louder…

(I could just see him pounding the pulpit with his Bible just to drive home his point!)

…which actually caused me to smile because I thought perhaps God was trying to get my attention.  Maybe, just maybe I should listen…but I shrugged it off, finished my work, and accepted the fact that I wasn’t going to hear any more singing.

At that point I had work to do elsewhere and I stepped away from my desk for a while.  When I returned, I could still hear the preaching echoing through the chart room and as I rolled my eyes and turned the corner and noticed a co-worker leaning on my desk.  I figured that she was finishing up some paperwork, but when I came closer I saw that she was leaning in, her ear pointed directly at the radio.

She was listening!!

She noticed that I had returned and immediately asked what station I was listening to.  I responded with “Life,” and she verified that it was 102.5.

It was at that moment when God stopped me in my tracks and you could’ve knocked me over with a feather.  This was exactly what I had prayed for this very morning!!

If you know me at all, you know that I don’t believe in coincidence.  I don’t believe in luck.  I don’t believe that anything happens by chance.  God orchestrates everything at every moment of every day, and each morning I pray for God to open my eyes so I can see His glory.  To reveal His working in my day and to see Him clearly, especially in the little things…

“…you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;”   Matthew 11:25b

…and I almost looked right past it!

I did finally get a response from the radio station:

“The answer to your question has not been resolved.  With our automation – something switched yesterday’s program from AM1190 to Life 102.5 this morning.
I believe that God wanted someone to hear that specific message!  
Sorry you missed your music, we do thank you for contacting us with your concern.”

Sure God tries to get our attention, and His power is more easily recognized through a sickness, a loss, a storm, a windfall, even a tragedy…

…but I think He prefers to be seen and receives more glory when we notice Him in the little things.

“And he said, ‘Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.’ And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.”   1 Kings 19:11-13

Not only was God trying to get my co-worker’s attention, but mine as well… and He even threw in some pulpit thumping!

Oh God I praise you.  Please don’t let me take you for granted…please open my eyes and help me to understand that in every situation you are there and you are always at work!  Thank you for allowing me to see you clearly!

The eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will give attention.”   Isaiah 32:3
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