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How much "trouble" am I to God?

Lori’s “God Moment” today involved this guy. She loves
birds and this eagle landed right outside our window as
we had breakfast in Nairobi.

I have been amazed over the years at how different books, music, and websites speak to me at different times in life. I know you have experienced this as you read a Bible verse that you had seen many times, but on a particular day it seemed as if it were a specific word from God for the particular moment in which you found yourself. I have kind of gotten used to that – after all, we know the Bible is a living book. It is the other things that make me wonder how much planning and directing God had to do to be sure I saw or heard the right thing at the right time.

I am continually amazed when a classic devotional book written a hundred years ago, such as My Utmost for His Highest, can speak so pointedly and specifically to a need as current as today. Often a song does the same thing. Whether it is a 250 year old hymn or a five year old chorus, it seems that just when I need it, it appears on the radio or on Itunes. I may have heard it a million times and yet, it had never spoken so clearly as it does when I am in the crucible of need.

Just before I left the United States for Malawi and Kenya, an old and dear friend wrote me a long letter. I was busy that day and didn’t read it. I got in a hurry to leave and stuffed it into my backpack to read on the plane. That was six weeks ago. I had taken it out a few times to read it in the evenings but the small print and low light in Africa would not allow me to see it. This morning, it fell out of my bag as I reached for my Bible. I took it out into the sun and read it and it was a word of encouragement and affirmation at a time when I am weary from the work here in Africa. How much trouble did God have to go to in order to have her write those words in advance and me read it at just the right time?

On a purely theological level, I know He is God and it is no trouble to him, but on a practical level, it reminds me of Psalm 139:17-“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” I thank God that He thinks of me and goes to whatever trouble is necessary to meet my every need.

Do you have a God story of one of those “right on time” words? I would sure love to hear it! Tell us about it.

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