The Goodness of God4
Running late for a meeting, a man circled the block, looking for a place to park. Desperately, he raised his eyes toward heaven and prayed, “Lord, if you’ll find me a parking spot, I promise I’ll start going to church again.” Just then, a car pulled out of a space right in front of the man. “Never mind,” he said to God. “I found one!”
I remember reading the above little story in a church newsletter once. It sort of made me sad. I hope that I’m never like that man. I prefer to find signs of God’s goodness and reminders that He’s with me all throughout my day. There’s a meme that I’ve seen shared by friends on Facebook that says, “Sometimes I just look up, smile, and say, ‘I know that was you, God. Thanks!’” I love that one!
I believe that God sends messages of reassurance and encouragement to us all the time. We just need to keep our eyes and our hearts open to them. Sometimes these messages (or maybe you’d consider them “signs”) give us hope in times of uncertainty so we can move towards certainty. Sometimes I believe God uses what might seem like the simplest of things: a bird or butterfly, a cloud, a flower, a person, an animal, or a song on the radio to touch our hearts. Or maybe God sends a parking spot right when you need one. If I see/feel/hear something and think it might be a sign from God, I like to make the decision to assume it definitely IS a sign from God. Usually I just feel like when it seems like a coincidence, it’s really God reminding me that He’s definitely with me.
Yesterday, on my drive home from work, the sky was so blue and filled with a bunch of white puffy clouds. It was beautiful. As I was admiring it, I couldn’t help praying, “Thank You God – for Your creation, for Your goodness, and for reminding me to be thankful.” Believe it or not, the next song on the radio was the Louis Armstrong song, “What A Wonderful World”. First line of the song: “I see skies of blue and clouds of white…”
Watch for the little signs of God’s goodness that He has for you this week. : )