March 25, 2013

This is the Lord’s Doing!

By Annika Miller, a senior elementary education major from Broadway, Va.
THIS WEEK’S THEME: This is the Lord’s Doing!
DEVOTIONAL:

When I was in junior high, my family took a four-week summer vacation, driving from Pennsylvania to California to visit my aunt and sightsee along the way. Early on in the first week, we heard a family friend preach about “God things.” “God things” start out as situations that aren’t too favorable, but somehow turn around in the end. They can also be an outcome or gift that you didn’t even realize you needed.

My family realized we had already encountered several “God things” and then became more and more aware of them as we looked. One such experience was when we were in danger of being stranded after having engine problems with our van in Wyoming. We were able to make it to a small gas station in the middle of nowhere, which happened to have a full-time mechanic who willingly ran a diagnostic test despite it being near the end of his shift. After replacing a faulty wire for next to nothing, we were on our way, having met a compassionate stranger. God took our bad situation and worked through it.

At the time of Jesus’ death, I’m sure it was next to impossible for Jesus’ followers to imagine any good coming out of the situation. Knowing now of the resurrection, however, it’s easy to see Jesus’ death as the beginning of a “God thing” as God worked through the hopeless situation and brought about life-giving good.

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Comments (7)

  1. How is it that getting your van fixed late one evening is a “god thing” but on that very same day there were thousands of children that faced hunger, poverty, torture, rape, etc. and there was no “god thing” to send them safely on their way?

    Paul Tucker March 25, 2013 |
    • Hey, interesting thought. God’s ways are beyond us and our sight is a little (maybe a lot) fuzzy. I thought of Jesus’ words in Luke 4:25-27 and how I respond as the people did in the verses following when it doesn’t make sense to me. Believing is seeing, though usually said the other way.

      Tim Sheeler March 26, 2013 |
  2. enjoyed your message… it was a “God thing” to me this morning!

    Diana Thomas March 25, 2013 |
  3. Thank you, Annika, for the encouragement to look for signs that God is at work in the world, even though we too often face the difficult question of why God sometimes seems to be silent or not notice injustice.

    Rachel Nafziger Hartzler March 25, 2013 |
  4. As my dear husband, Tony Simon passed away last August 2, I am so aware of what death can bring now. This makes Jesus’ death even more significant for me. Yes, a ‘God-thing’ comes in usually small ways…and death may be one of those, wrenching as it is. Thank you!

    Judith Simon March 25, 2013 |
  5. Annika, thanks for sharing your “God moment”; we each have many such moments, in spite of our wondering sometimes where God is in the many moments of innocent suffering in the world.

    Wilma Shank March 25, 2013 |
  6. Thank you Wilma!

    Norm Morford March 26, 2013 |