Yesterday something happened that caused me to exclaim, “Only God could have done this!” But before I tell you about it, I’d like to pause and mention some of the less-than-obvious moments of my past week when I could have said exactly the same thing, though I didn’t.
Who else but God could have:
- implanted such infectious giggles in my one-year-old grandsons—you know, those spontaneous outbursts of joy that tumble out of tiny vocal chords and land like confetti inside the heart?
- created the tension-diffusing humor by which my flight attendant cheerfully urged me to take my time searching for my cell phone before shouting out to all the passengers, “We’re ready to leave AS SOON AS SHE LOCATES HER CELL PHONE.”
- given me the sight to gaze up through old gnarled branches into vibrant blue sky, and the heart to reach out to the One whose beauty dwarfs anything my eye can see?
- extended timely grace to my friends and loved ones in time of need—the wounded spouse struggling to forgive, the praying couple yearning for their prodigal’s return, the financially-strapped family trying to trust through yet another setback?
No one but God could have done these things. Because, really, what laughter, appreciation, forgiveness, hope, or worship ever happens apart from Him?
Yet, there are those times when He seems to act in an especially take-notice kind of way. Yesterday was one of those times for me.
Here’s the story…
From the first day I started writing my book The One Voice That Matters, I had thought, “If Worship Leader Magazine would review my book, that would be amazing!” But I’d hardly dared to hope. In fact, I hadn’t been able to garner the courage to even ask them until a couple of weeks ago when, with timid heart and shaky hands, I wrote them an email and hit “Send.”
Within a couple of hours their editor replied: “We would be glad to consider reviewing your book. Please send us the proof copy.” Furthermore, she was willing to meet with me (I “happened” to be traveling to her area last week).
Yesterday, I had lunch with this kind and engaging woman. After a delightful conversation about the journey Christ has brought us on, she informed me that the magazine would indeed be reviewing my book in their July/August issue (which also “happens” to be the one they will hand out to the 1,500 people attending their largest National Worship Leaders Conference). By the end of our conversation, she also mentioned some other potential opportunities for me as a writer.
I am a new writer. I have no real “audience.” I have very few contacts. I have no formal education in writing itself. Yet, somehow, for whatever reason, God has done this thing.
He will do it…
I have no idea what God is going to do with all of this. But somehow it doesn’t matter nearly as much today as it did yesterday. Because I know that only God could have done this thing. Which means that, whatever else is in His mind to do, He will do that thing as well.
Has God done anything in your life lately that compels you to say, “Only God could have done this”? Would you like to share it below? I know my faith will be strengthened if you do!
Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him, and He will do it (Psalm 37:5).