What a beautiful sunrise! Wow! Say what you want, but we see a lot more sunrises in winter than we do in summer. God works everything out! Besides the sunrise, I witnessed the finger of God today in a text message. Explaining it won’t help. Suffice it to say, God over-ruled a long-standing technology issue between cell phone carriers to deliver a prayer/blessing. It served as proof to both of us of his acknowledgement and approval. Awesome!
Has that ever happened to you? God does something, perhaps very little, that makes you stop and say, “That was God!”? It doesn’t happen very often; but when it does, it changes the whole course of your day. It’s kind of like getting a hand-written note in the mail. Something special. That’s what happened to this other person and me today. I really should start journaling so I don’t lose track of this stuff.
Folks, God is real and shows himself to us. We know it when we see it. I once had a conversation with a very religious person (who self-identified as NOT born-again) tell me that one of the problem with evangelicals is they insist on everyone having a personal relationship with Jesus. I was challenged to show where that was necessary. Of course, this was all in an effort to convince me that the bible was a fluid document, allowing us to reason and adapt its teaching to keep up with the times. Foolish person.
I know my God is alive and cares deeply about our relationship not only because of what it says in the bible but also because my actual life unfolds to confirm those words to be true. Yes, Jesus loves me for the bible tells me so, but he also proves it. Often in subtle, private ways. What a wonderful way for him to show us a glimpse of his glory! There is no doubt Jesus makes himself known in real and personal ways.
Isaiah 49:16a Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.
1 Kings 19:11-12 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. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.
I heard the whisper of God this morning. I tell you, it is a moment to relish! It is a moment to share! It is a moment to celebrate! And, a moment of reverence.
You want to know what happened to Elijah next?
1 Kings 19:13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah then shared his heart, and God heard him. That’s what I shall do. Right now, while his whisper is still echoing through my spirit.
Father, I’m not sure what to say. Thank you.
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