I know you’ve asked that, because I have too. It is so hard for us to imagine that God; Creator, Healer, Guide, Father, Provider, Comforter, Savior… would care enough, or have time enough, to work in our lives let alone through us.
If any of you know me, you know that I’m an early riser. I commonly start my day very early in the morning, and on the morning of Thanksgiving wasn’t any different.
When I woke and went downstairs, I checked my phone and saw that I had missed a text from a friend of mine. I went to return the text but decided I needed to wait a while…it was only 4:30 for Goodness sake… and so I typed in my response but waited a few hours to send it.
And also, if you know me at all, you know that I don’t believe in coincidence or luck. I believe everything happens for a reason, and that it is always God’s plan.
But it doesn’t always feel like it. So often it seems like God’s not working in our lives at all…maybe things aren’t moving or changing the way we would expect if He were really involved, but why would he bother with measly old me?!
Oh don’t get me wrong, I know God uses us, His Word tells us as much…
“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
“God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.” 1 Corinthians 12:6 (NLT)
but it just doesn’t seem like it.
Doesn’t it seem like we’re the ones pulling the strings, making the decisions? We’re doing all the work! We have to live our lives in a way that shows others we’re Christians (Matthew 5:16), we have to follow God’s rules (John 8:31), do good deeds (1 Timothy 6:18) and display God’s character (Galatians 5:22-23).
But that’s exactly what the devil wants us to think…he wants to convince us that we are the ones in control and calling the shots.
“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44
The devil wants us to believe that God’s hands are not actively working in our lives; that He has stepped back and is allowing us to make our own decisions, that He’s only there when we need Him and that He does not affect (or care about) every choice we make.
But I know for a fact, that’s not true.
A few days after Thanksgiving I met with that friend who I texted and she said to me…
“You were doing God’s work the other morning and you didn’t even know it!” she told me.
With a grin on her face and a twinkle in her eye, she continued…
“The morning of Thanksgiving I woke up at 7:14am. I knew I needed to get up but I didn’t want to so asked God for just one more hour. At 8:14am I got your text. 8:14!! Exactly one hour later to the minute!!”
God is always at work and involved in every moment of our lives. Don’t think for a second that He doesn’t care about you or that you don’t matter. Because you matter so much to Him that He will work through you to send a text to a friend at exactly the right time she needs it.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7
And rest in the fact that God is always in control.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9