Thursday, December 2, 2010
1, 2, 3 coincidences? I think not.
I have been praying over something personal, details not important, for the past 3 days. I have been asking God for guidance on how to deal with the issue, and to provide me with peace and understanding in the situation. I purposely did not act on the situation, so that I could pray on it and wait to see what God's will was for me.
It didn't take Him long to answer.
The first answer I received came in the form of a very specific sermon I listened to in my car. Everyday I listen to pre-recorded sermon series (there are usually 10-20 sermons in a series) on MP3s to and from work, one each way since I have a 45 minute commute. So this may not seem very obvious as a sign. But the 2 days before I starting praying about this specific issue, I opted to listen to music instead of the sermons, and therefore this specific sermon directly addressing my issue came the day after my prayers. Otherwise, I would have heard it 2 days prior, and probably not even made the connection.
Some skeptics might just call this coincidence. I can see that, and actually, I questioned it, too. I apologized to God for not quite "knowing" if this was Him answering me, and if it was, I still wasn't very clear on what to do with it.
I kept praying.
The next day I opened my Bible Reading Plan on my phone and picked up from where I left off reading weeks ago. I have multiple sources for reading various books in the Bible, so it's not like I stopped reading altogether. I fully understand that one needs to stay in the Word to stay in His Will. But the verse I left off on spoke DIRECTLY to the issue I was facing! Like, almost word for word.
OK, you doubters, there's 2!
And shortly after that Bible verse spotting, I opened my Blogger reader and spotted a post from a Christian blogger, speaking of the exact same topic!!! It's not like this blogger to discuss such a personal topic very often, so to read about it at this moment spoke volumes. Not only was her post insightful, but all 200 comments on the subject matter gave me so much support for the issue I have been trying to resolve.
There's 3, HA!
You can't argue with that.
But here's the thing. Regardless if believers or non-believers see those as signs from God or pure coincidences, I know in my heart that God heard me and answered me. And do you know how amazing that feels? I am 1 person, with 1 circumstance among billions of people and trillions of circumstances, and because God loves me and hears everything and knows everything, He reached down and helped me. Little ol' me! I feel the love from Him and the peace I desired and it's all because I went to Him for help.
God could reach down and perform one-off miracles to try and make people believe in Him, but I think there's more miracle in how he orchestrates all of our lives and intertwines them all together.
at 8:12 AM