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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).


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12 thoughts on “Only God could have done this

  • Lynne

    My life verses over the years have been Ephesians 3:20-21. Since hearing and responding to my Shepherd’s voice over 35 years ago, He continues to more than amaze and humble me with His grace and mercy. Today is no different.
    Andrew and his wife, Jackie, are here visiting, and he just showed me the new Amplified Bible he recently bought. I looked up “my” verses and this is what I read: “Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the (action of His) power that is at work within us, is able to (carry out His purpose and) do superabundantly, far over and above all that we (dare) ask or think (infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams) – To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it.)
    Yes, so be it, as Jackie is reading through your manuscript ( that I asked for and you so kindly gave me, thank you very much!) and is now eagerly awaiting the release of your book so they can read through it with the worship teams that they are under shepherds of at their church in Redlands.
    So, I joyfully and most enthusiastically exclaim with you, dear Jeanelle, “Only God could have done this!”, and “Dare to Hope!” :)

    • Jeanelle Reider Post author

      How amazing is that, the word “dare” right smack in the middle of your life verse, not to mention “hopes” and “dreams.” Awesome! Lynne, thank you for all the prayer support and encouraging words you’ve given me all along the way. Plus, for reading the manuscript and liking it and for passing it along to your dear undershepherd children! (I’m so blessed and amazed to hear they will be using it with their teams–all I could pray for, that people would take it and let the Shepherd speak to them through it!) Thanks, mostly, for daring to hope with me still! You bless me!

  • Mary Gray

    Jeanelle, I am so very blessed by your blog and am so anxious for your book to be available. God speaks to my heart so strongly through worship, music, words to the songs. I am so humbled by His grace many times during worship time that I can only stop singing and soak up His powerful blessings. Actually the tears start flowing and my heart is being cleaned. Since I am a prayer warrior there are times during worship service that He takes my eyes straight to someone that needs very special prayer. I only know and believe that God has lead me to pray for that person or persons. He also keeps that person on my mind all week and I just feel so blessed that He uses me in that way. Occasionally something comes out in the prayer chain about the prayer need but mostly not. I made a weekly prayer list of specific extra things to pray for each day besides the regular requests. On Sunday’s I pray specifically for the congregation and their specific needs. The completely unspoken needs of our people who haven’t called the prayer chain or shared their pain or situation outside of their immediate family. I am also one of those people that am hesitant to share my pain. I’m getting closer. God is working on me with that and I am so encouraged by the stories others have shared. I have always said it is the little things in life that break you and push you over the edge. I guess that is why I am detailed about many things, especially the little things in life that are so precious. I can’t put it into words like you can but I totally understand and relate to your perspective on ‘Only God.’ It brought tears to my eyes in fact. Thank you so much. I am so blessed to be placed among so many wonderful wonderful faithful children of God.

    • Jeanelle Reider Post author

      Mary, I think you’ve put it into words that are quite eloquent! Of course, I agree with you about worship music and lyrics! And what a gift you are to the body of Christ with your prayers for them, so sensitive to the Spirit’s leading! Only God knows the fruit of those prayers, but I’m sure we would be stunned if we could see it all. God has given you a sensitive heart to care for those little things, and I’m glad He’s bringing you closer to being comfortable with sharing your own pain, little or big. Thanks for encouraging all of us; so glad we’ve encouraged you too!

  • melissa stadtlander

    My heart is rejoicing exceedingly with you as I read once again what God is doing in and through you! Truly only God…amazing God we have! I can’t wait to see all that He is going to do next! I agree with Karen, He has given you a gift and is doing beautiful things! :) Once again you inspire me and cause me to look in my life and see what only He has done. I love how you encouraged me to look at the little everyday things that only He can do and the big things because I think alot of times those little things get forgotten. Like those gifts of His grace in finances and in trying to do life right, in His creation-those things that cause me to stop and say “only God could make a sky so majestic today” or only God could create such an amazing sunrise that lights up the entire sky or the sunset that simply leaves me awestruck! So I have been thinking all week after I read your blog… the biggest thing that I want to share is about my father-in-law Jack. He has had Stage 4 lung cancer for almost 3 years now, he was only to live for 4 more months. He was started on an experimental drug that should only help for 10 months. They had no idea what kind of side effects this drug would have. Well only God could have done this miracle-Jack is still alive AND he is still on the drug setting records with each day! (who knew God was competitive! :)) AND he would never even know he has cancer and has had no side effects! We wake every day saying “only God…” I think God gives us “the big things” every once in awhile to just help us see the little things better! Just yesterday, “0nly God” could… give the sweetest friendships that fills hearts with joy and thanks, give a little boy the energy and skill to run fast and make passes in his football game, make the sun shine warm and “wake up” our yards as they start to turn green, (and those tulips!), watch over and care for His own, control college scholarships…. I could go on as i sit here and think of all the things only He can do–thank you for asking me to do that! He is using you to grow my faith as I continue to trust Him for big things and little things… Claiming Ps. 37:5 with you today…

    • Jeanelle Reider Post author

      This could be a blog in itself! Such good insight, that maybe God gives us the big things to help us see the little things better. The little things you mention show such open hands to receive the joys He has for you! And the big one about your father-in-law, what an amazing God we have! (And competitive; who knew? Ha ha, as if there is ever any competition!) :) Thanks for claiming Ps 37:5 with me; as I read it again today, I’m claiming it all over again.

  • Judy Z

    Our God is SO good! He IS faithful as He cares for us, answers prayer, surprises us… through both joy and pain. Thank you for your gentle encouragement to be faithful in looking toward Him, waiting on Him, and anticipating His good will in all things, large and small.

  • Christy

    “Only God Could Have Done This”

    It was only a few days ago that my husband and I decided that we needed an army to pray for our daughter. Dozens of faithful friends across the country have prayed for years, (and still continue) but this time we needed a larger army of prayer warriors. Yes, we were taking a risk asking this army, as speculation or sin could occur within people’s hearts, but God knew who would see through this distraction and see the need to pray. It was Friday night and the discussion began. My husband handled his words with such care as I sat back trying not to be a distraction with my persistent cough. Dan talked – I prayed. Our daughter sat pensive, ready for the hammer to fall. However, that demeanor quickly changed as she received her daddy’s words of grace. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. It was almost too simple. This could only come from God’s handiwork. Jesus heard the army of prayer warriors and He faithfully answered. Therefore, today we count our blessings and name them one by one. Hallelujah!

  • Karen Hickman

    Jeanelle, what lovely, beautiful news you have posted. I am honestly not surprised. God has used your tender, humble heart, knowing He could trust His servant to put out His words through you. Now is your time. He is and will exceeding beyond our imagination use this for His glory. You have such a beautiful way with words, they are wrapped with God’s love.