Are you seeing God moments in your life? Sometimes I think I miss them ... or talk myself out of being a part of them! Last week God reminded us of the sweet peace from letting Him prompt us, work through us, and lift our hearts through being part of His sovereign movements.
I was at Target. :) I have decided God works at Target (remember when I shared about my bathroom incident at Target?), so it must mean I should go there often :) We stopped in to pick out a gift. For weeks I've carried around a coupon for $5 off of a home purchase of $75 or more, knowing I really didn't have $70 to spend or anything we needed, but unwilling to part with such a great coupon.
While paying for our gift I saw my great coupon in my wallet and looked around, wondering if there was anyone I could give it to before it expires. Just then, an older lady passed us; she was accompanied by a clerk pushing a cart, on their way to customer service with a boxed piece of furniture. I knew then that my string of thought, the coupon, the timing ... it was God's doing. Without any explanation, I gave the coupon to my 15 yr old and told her to run over and give it to the woman.
15 yr old go to a stranger with a bright red coupon and thrust it to them? Ok ... there was potential for a "Mom!?!? Why? That's weird" response ... :) But she, too, seemed to be prompted that this was a moment to obey without question, and she immediately went to the lady and gave her the coupon. I watched from a distance as they began to talk and smile.
When JoHanna came back, she told us the woman was overjoyed, telling her this was just God's way of rewarding her obedience, one of His ways of providing for her, in addition to the bills she gripped in her hand. You see, the furniture wasn't for her. It was for a man whose home had just burned down, and this stranger lady was being Jesus to that man. JoHanna, Jacob, and I got to share in the giving, because the Holy Spirit had done the preparing (HE gave me the coupon and didn't let me pitch it) and the prompting (bringing it to my mind, showing me the lady). When we were hit with the reality of God's detailed work in this series of events, we experienced such a peace in being reminded of God's involvement in our lives and of His will to use us.
When we got in the car, my daughter overflowed with amazement and joy at how obedience had given us the pleasure of blessing and how glad she was we had been included in the gift. My 13 yr old son wondered why I didn't let HIM give the coupon. :)
But I am not omniscient, and I could not see all of the circumstances and anticipate the joy or, still, know the impact in the man's life or the lady's life or my daughter's life or my life. But God knows, and His Spirit is prompting us daily to embrace the opportunities He gives. I sometimes wonder how many I miss because I talk myself out of responding or because I'm just focused on my own agenda. Are you seeing "God moments" in your life? Maybe you should go to Target. ;)