Isn’t it amazing to experience God’s blessings in the ordinary tasks of this life? For me, seeing Him work daily makes my heart smile and makes His presence more real.
Recently there were two days, three separate encounters, where God truly blessed me while simply running to the store.
The first was on my usual grocery shopping day. Now, I have to admit that I have been spoiled lately as my oldest son has been accompanying me to the store. I realize what a little thing that is, but I am also discovering what a huge blessing it is at the same time. It makes life much easier to have him there to help unload the cart, even pack the groceries, and then load and unload the car once home.
Anyway, this day I was feeling a little lonely and down as I was going shopping solo. I was kind of procrastinating and when I got to the store, I stalled a few more moments checking out social media. When I was finally ready to embrace my shopping trip alone, I got out of the car. Much to my amazement, right at that exact moment, I ran into a friend of mine who was just leaving the store.
What are the chances that would happen? I decided to put my loneliness feelings aside and be open to my friend and take a few moments to converse. I felt terrible as I mentioned to this friend that I was feeling down and lonely. This friend lost her husband unexpectedly, at a young age, a year earlier, so I definitely felt like I put my foot in my mouth. As soon as I got in the store I texted her to apologize. I felt I needed to do that.
I believe that running into that friend was a “God-incident.” It cheered me up seeing God orchestrate our encounter. I am also hoping running into me was a blessing to my friend as well.
The other incident happened after I took my teenage son to check out a summer volunteer opportunity for him and me. We decided to go out to lunch for something different. We drove around a few times in a parking lot trying to find a parking spot to no avail.
What are the chances, that day, on my 27th wedding anniversary, that walking through the parking lot would be the music minister who played the guitar and sang at our wedding? (If I have seen her three times in the past 27 years, I would be surprised.) I was so hoping for the opportunity to talk with her, but that did not happen as I had to go elsewhere to find a parking spot.
After our lunch I had one more errand… And, as only God could plan it, I ran into another friend who actually gifted us the musician for our wedding and was also involved in our wedding. I had the joy of sharing that story with her.
I am always pleasantly surprised to see God working in my life and showing His presence through such simple, ordinary ways.
What are some ways you have seen God working in your life? Our God is an awesome God!
“And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” –Romans 8:28