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One day when a co-worker returned from going out for lunch, she made a beeline straight to me and with a huge grin on her face said:

“I just saw a license plate that I knew you’d like. I didn’t get it at first, and I know you’ll get it right away, but once I figured it out I knew you’d like it.”

Gees… no pressure!!  I wasn’t really sure where she was going with this.  What could it have said?!!  AND… what if I couldn’t figure it out?  Oh boy…

I held my breath and said a quick prayer pleading God to give me discernment so I would understand.  Here’s what the license plate read:

 

Now, I diligently pray for God to use me mightily where I work and often I think I’m not really making a difference, but through this one small and perfectly placed license plate God showed me clearly that people are watching.

They know that God takes priority in my life and obviously that I know and love Jesus Christ.

They notice and question why I listen to the Christian radio station or why I read my Bible during lunch.  They come to me when they are going through something tough in life and want encouragement or prayers.

They notice what conversations I choose to take part in and what type of words escape my lips.  I don’t have to beat them over the head with my Bible or mention the name of Jesus in every conversation or even, every day.

They know where I stand, what my beliefs are and who I love.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”    Matthew 5:13-16

What do people see when they look at you?
What do people hear when you speak?
What do you spend time doing or thinking about in your spare time?

“so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world”   Philippians 2:15

Who are you when no one else is looking?

Related posts/articles:
Baby Talk   (https://ispygod.net/)
Do People Know You’re a Christian?   (http://radiantchurch.org/blog)

Have you ever been lost in a department store?

You’re eight years old walking down the toy aisle with mom pushing the cart when you are lured by the call of the Glo Worms, Masters of the Universe, She-Ra and Star Wars action figures, Rainbow Bright, Pound Puppies, Donny & Marie dolls and Micro Machines when you look up and realize Mom’s nowhere in sight.

Your heart pounds, your eyes widen, your pulse quickens and your whole body stiffens and practically tingles as you frantically search aisle after aisle desperately seeking someone you recognize.

You know that feeling… empty, desperate, nowhere to turn, no one to listen, lost and without hope.

Several months ago I wrote an “I Spy” about pulpit thumping, which I realized I hadn’t posted on here yet…so, I literally just posted it now if you’d like to take a look:  “I spy God thumping

The co-worker I refer to in that post has been prayed over by many people and so often since that incident with the radio preacher almost five months ago now.  I shared the “thumping” story with the owner and other employees at Life 102.5, and they have been praying that God might open a door for me to continue to witness to her at work.

However, to be completely honest I never thought she would be brought to a place where a door would be opened wide enough for her to be accepting of it, let alone have the time needed while at work to share with her, so again I shrugged it off.

“Is anything too hard for the LORD?”   Genesis 18:14a

How silly of me.

Just the other day, I was able to sit down and catch up with this co-worker, and she shared with me about enduring some real heartache and difficulty in her life, and that she is very much struggling with everything right now.

Creeeeeaaaaak…the door just opened.

God provided a good 45 minutes for me to chat with this gal and share of God’s love and the sacrifice He made for her, but as we talked what struck me was that I saw in her eyes a glimpse of that little girl lost in a department store.

I saw fear and confusion in her tear filled eyes.  She couldn’t recognize anyone around her, she couldn’t understand how she got there and unable find her way.

 

I read a new friend’s blog just this morning that God spoke through, bringing my co-worker to mind and into my prayers:

“Maybe you are standing at the bottom of that hill or mountain looking up high at a mountain and that’s all you know for sure.

And when this happens, and it does sometimes, we can look a tiny bit higher than the hill to the clouds, look for something–no, Someone–we can’t see, and say, even when we don’t have any other words:

“Jesus, help.”
 
I remember the one time that He was up on a hill.
 
And I wait. Because He is strong in my weakness.
And that’s why I need grace.
 
Will you wait? See His strength in your weakness.
We all need grace.
 
He comes when we ask and we find His strength.”
*Excerpt taken from Jen’s blog: Extra*Ordinary

Do you know something is missing, but can’t figure out what?

Do you long for the warmth, peace, and embrace only our loving, forgiving, and all-powerful Father can provide?

Please don’t wait another moment to turn to the One person who can give you what you’re missing.

Call to Him.

He’s waiting.

Christian; do you remember a time, even if you grew up in a strong Christian home and gave your life to Jesus at an early age, where you felt far away from Him?

He hasn’t moved.

“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”   Matthew 19:26

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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