This originally appeared as my first feature as a guest post on Christian blogger Jennifer J. Kelly‘s excellent blog. Be sure to follow her. I guarantee you will be changed by her optimism and her honesty.
You can find the original post here: Coincidences and Blessings.
“If our circumstances find us in God, we shall find God in all our circumstances”
God is so good.
I know that sounds like a Christian cliche, but hear me out.
Have you ever asked someone for something, only to find out they were already working on making that happen before you even requested it?
Coincidence or blessing?
The church I attend honors the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. It is set at the center of our service and considered to be the most important part. Each week, church members who volunteer have the opportunity to present a short communion meditation. These devotions range from powerful orations to profound prayers, all intended to focus attention on Jesus, to honor his command to “do this in remembrance of me.”
For a few years now I have volunteered. About once every two months my name pops up in the rotation. This week, I am up again. My meditation is about deep faith, about how some people choose the pool over the ocean. My plan was to ask our worship team to sing “Oceans” by Hillsong United.
You know where this is going don’t you?
Our worship team had already scheduled that song.
Right before communion.
And this is not the first time this has happened.
Without exaggeration, every time I have thought of a good pre-meditation song, the worship team already had it planned as part of the schedule.
That’s not coincidence. That’s God.
I feel so blessed that when life seems so unpredictable and chaotic, if I truly pay attention, I see that if I have plans that glorify God, it’s really not that chaotic at all. I see that God knows when I have plans that glorify Him and suddenly Romans 8:28 is manifested in ways that make me want to shout in praise.
The more I read the Bible, the more I see the plans of man failing – until those plans align with God’s and everything changes. Lives change.
Even better, those who align their plans with God often find His plans were what they had in mind to begin with…
This has been on my mind:
“We have everything we need to live a life that pleases God. It was all given to us by God’s own power, when we learned he had invited us to share in his wonderful goodness. God made great and marvelous promises, so his nature would become part of us. Then we could escape our evil desires and the corrupt influences of this world. Do your best to improve your faith by adding goodness, understanding, self-control, patience, devotion to God, concern for others, and love. If you keep growing in this way, it will show that what you know about our Lord Jesus Christ has made your lives useful and meaningful…
My friends, you must do all you can to show God has really chosen and selected you. If you keep on doing this, you won’t stumble and fall.” (2 Peter 1:3-8, 10 CEV)
Did you see that?
We have EVERYTHING we need to live a life that pleases God. [Tweet that!]
And God has invited us to share in His goodness.
So that situation that worked out for you, that favor that came before you even asked for it, that thing you didn’t expect to work out but it did?
Coincidence or blessing from God?
Coincidence or has God provided what you need to please Him?
Just some things to think about as we start a new year.
May God open your eyes to His blessings as you seek to please Him in all you do.