Coincidence?

How do you explain coincidences?

This week something happened in my writing world that I could have described as a coincidence if I was not aware of God’s role in my life.  I am not going to go into details (yet) but right from the beginning of the morning, I was aware of God’s nudges.  Do this, take that, go into this place, ask this question, be bold.

They were strong, these nudges.  And I responded to them as best I could.  That’s when part of my prayer – the long term prayer to which God had said ‘Wait, trust Me,’ – was answered.

Oh, it’s a coincidence, many would say.  But I don’t believe in coincidences.  Nothing that happens in the life of a Christ-follower is a coincidence.  People have termed the phrase God-incidence.  I am not sure I like it – I don’t think anything that happens is an ‘incidence’ at all when we follow Jesus.  I think it was part of God’s plan.  Set out, pre-determined, not incidental at all.

The person I met was in that place ‘unexpectedly’.  Perhaps they were there to meet me – part of God’s plan for them.

I have no idea what the results of that meeting will be – at this stage, I suspect, neither does the other person.  But I left them with my heart singing at the faithfulness of my God who keeps His promises always.

‘Trust Me in this,’ He had said.  ‘Wait on Me,’ were His instructions.  And I had tried my best to do just that.  Sometimes it was hard.  Doors were closed, but the keyholes were large and it was tempting to peer through them to the ‘land of promise’ that lay beyond.  But those lands were not my lands, and I had neither the key nor Alice in Wonderland’s shrinking drink to squeeze through.

But this door was wide open.  I had no need to squeeze through.  God flung it open and said, ‘Come inside.’  And laughed in delight as I responded to His invitation.

We’ll see where it leads in due time.  I’ll keep you posted.  In the meantime, I continue to wait and to trust my Lord.

God bless you.

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You are Invited

… ‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.’ 2 Corinthians 6:18

Today you are invited to consider how these words make you feel.  Sit in silence for a while and then tell God about your feelings, whether they are positive, because you have a loving earthly father, or negative, because your earthly father was not who you needed him to be.  Share your feelings openly with God.  What do you want to say to Him about your father on earth?  How does He want you to pray for your earthly father? What do you want to say to Him in His role as heavenly Father?  What does He reply to you?

May Father God bless you today with a true sense of what it means to have Him as Father, and how you are blessed to be His son or daughter.

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You are Invited

Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.” Matthew 15:15

Today you are invited to consider what is going on in your life that you don’t understand.  What would you like God to explain to you?  How would understanding help you to move forward – or to stop what is going on?  Spend time today considering these things and then ask God to give you as much understanding as He deems fit.  How does any understanding you receive clarify the picture for you?  What are you going to do with this new understanding?  What do you want to say to God about it? How does He reply?

May God bless you in whatever way He deems fit today – and may you follow Him whether you understand or not.

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You are Invited

News about (Jesus) spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.  Mark 1:28

Today you are invited to consider how quickly the news spreads about the things God is doing in your life at the moment.  Who do you tell? How do you tell them?  Why do you tell them?  Who do you not tell?  Pause for a moment and consider why you tell some people and do not tell others. It may be you are unable to speak freely about such things, and if that is the case, those of us who can speak freely are invited to stop for a moment and pray for you. But if that is not the case, and you are silent, because you find it difficult to share God’s hand in your life, think about how you can share one thing God is doing for you with one new person today. Ask Him to show you who that person is.

May God bless you today with whatever you need from Him, whether you can speak freely about Him or not.  May you know His hand of grace on your life.

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You are Invited

I have a glitch.  Hopefully, You are Invited will arrive in its complete form tomorrow again.  For some reason, today’s post does not want to publish!

God bless you

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You are Invited

This morning, for some reason, only part of this post was published.  Here is the full text.

News about (Jesus) spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.  Mark 1:28

Today you are invited to consider how quickly the news spreads about the things God is doing in your life at the moment.  Who do you tell? How do you tell them?  Why do you tell them?  Who do you not tell?  Pause for a moment and consider why you tell some people and do not tell others. It may be you are unable to speak freely about such things, and if that is the case, those of us who can speak freely are invited to stop for a moment and pray for you. But if that is not the case, and you are silent, because you find it difficult to share God’s hand in your life, think about how you can share one thing God is doing for you with one new person today. Ask Him to show you who that person is.

May God bless you today with whatever you need from Him, whether you can speak freely about Him or not.  May you know His hand of grace on your life.

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You are Invited

News about (Jesus) spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.  Mark 1:28

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