How often do you feel like you're really tuned in to God?
I wish I could say I constantly have a clear picture of what God is communicating to me, but I feel like much of the time all I get is static with a few moments of clarity here and there.
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But oh, how I live for those moments! You know, those times when you're really "tuned in" to God and pick up on His subtle direction.
There's a man from my church with a niece that lives out of town with her husband and eight or nine children. In the past I've helped them out with groceries, and God placed them on my heart so I asked if they were in need. My friend said he didn't think so, so I left it at that.
At church a week or so later he informed me that in fact they were in need (yay, tuned in there!) and he would be making a trip to their house the next day. He was headed out to lunch and we were attending the second service so we agreed to meet up at our house afterwards.
I was thinking we'd get home first and I could pull some things together but when we drove in, his car was already in the driveway. So instead of some thoughtful contemplation, I flew around packing grocery bags with what I thought they would like.
I shop with coupons and stock up when there are deals to be had, so I also was able to pack up a bag of toiletries. On the top of the bookcase I store them on was a roll of Scotch tape.
Followed by, "That's pretty random. They would probably think that was strange."
Do you ever have those kinds of conversations with yourself?
I believe in erring on the side of doing good, even if it makes me look stupid, so I threw the tape into the bag along with more normal items like toothpaste and deodorant and brought it out to my friend.
I wouldn't have thought anything else of it, but my friend sought me out the next Sunday and asked about the tape. I said something about it being a random impulse and he informed me there was nothing random about it.
One of the children was ecstatic upon discovering the tape. Evidently she had a homework assignment but couldn't complete it because, you guessed it, they didn't have any tape. And if you don't have enough food, you certainly aren't going to be spending money on tape.
"a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper." ~ 1 Kings 19:11-12
God generally doesn't scream at us; He speaks with a still, small voice. Quite often, those seemingly random impulses are actually God's promptings. Just this week I was the beneficiary of some of those promptings.
I shared in my last post that I'm preparing to leave for Kenya in just under a week (!) and have been sick for the last 3-1/2 weeks. The good news is I've been feeling better the last couple days and the ENT gave me some new prescriptions and a guarantee that after my appointment next week I'll be ready to fly. The bad news is, I've spent the last 3-1/2 weeks just trying to make it through the day rather than preparing for our trip.
My friend Bonnie stopped by Sunday to drop off some extra washcloths she had accumulated along with a couple of skirts. I think she was feeling like she was being random, but I could've hugged her - and did! When we travel to Kenya we try to leave behind as much as we can, which means we need a new supply of clothes and linens for each trip. I have plenty of shirts I've collected since our last trip, but was in need of - you guessed it - skirts and washcloths! I can't tell you what a relief it is to have this taken care of!
Lord, I love it that you are concerned with the details in life. It's the little things that make me understand how much You love me. Thank you so much for the blessing from Bonnie, and for allowing me to be a blessing to others. Help us all to be more in tune to You!