“God is very good to those who trust in Him and often surprises them with unlooked for blessings. Little do we know what may happen to us tomorrow, but this fact may cheer us, that no good thing shall be withheld. Chance is banished from the faith of Christians, for they see the hand of God in everything. The trivial events of today or tomorrow may involve consequences of the highest importance.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Several years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Africa with my pastor at the time; and a couple of others. Our goal was to provide some teaching and encouragement to a church in Nigeria. I can only hope they were as blessed as I was after our time together. I was the one who left feeling strengthened and encouraged by the church. It was a wonderful experience.
Interestingly, God did many things by way of provision for this trip. He provided money, time off, messages to share… so many BIG things came together. But, the stand out provision in my mind is a small notebook. I had written messages out on an unusual size of notebook paper that was about the same size of my Bible. Was it 5×7? Something like that. Evidently while I had, in my opinion, the perfect size of paper, I didn’t have the notebook to put them in. I also didn’t know how hard it would be to find. I looked everywhere! I would find something I thought would work and the holes wouldn’t fit right for the paper… it was complicated. I prayed that God would lead me to the right notebook. One day, while driving to work, I took a different route. For some reason, I felt prompted to stop at a drug store on the way. I went in and looked at their school supplies. They had just the right size notebook! I was so thrilled!!
This little notebook spoke to me more about God’s care and interest for me as an individual than His whole provision for the trip. Why? It wasn’t a need. It was just a silly little desire of my heart. But, God cared and wanted to delight my heart. It was more than the right size of vinyl and some hardware. It was a desire of the heart. Was it a “coincidence” that I took a different route to work; felt prompted to stop at an unfamiliar drugstore, and find this notebook? You will never be able to convince me of that!
Father, I thank You that You are involved in every little thing that impacts my life. I thank You that You delight in blessing Your children. Help me to see You more in the little day to day things. Help me not to miss Your blessings or insult You by calling them a coincidence. Thank You for Your surprises and unlooked for blessings!
Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”