I was driving earlier today and praying (yes I am a man but I can do two things at the same time). Fionnuala and I often pray together for direction from God since we left organised church earlier this year. We know God knows best and will reveal his plans for us in HIS time but sometimes it is hard to remain patient and not get frustrated. So we pray. A lot.
Today was no exception. ‘God if you’re there….(stupid start I know considering he is omnipresent)….send us a sign. Let us know that you are listening. Send us something.’ I waited. Nothing. Drove a little. Waited some more. Still nothing. Then I passed a roadside billboard advertising I know not what. No, what grabbed my attention were the three words which stood out from the rest of the billboard.
HERE FOR YOU.
Oh. That’s interesting I thought. I pray for God to reveal himself and the next thing I see are those words. Coincidence? Possibly. But any doubts I had were washed away as I saw tbe next billboard looming up in front of me. It was advertising an employment scheme for young people. Jumping out of the poster were the following numbers:
18-25 YEAR OLDS.
Whenever I get hit with numbers like that and the ‘feeling’ that they might be nudges from God I invariably fall back on Proverbs and Psalms for a quick cross reference check. Proverbs 18:25 does not exist (it has 24 verses. Close but no cigar) but Psalm 18:25 threw up the following verse:
Psalm 18:25 – ‘To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless.’
Hmmmmm. So let’s recap. Stephen is driving along having a pity party and a moaning (sorry worship) session with the boss man upstairs. Oh woe is me God. You are never here when I need you. Are you even listening right now? Why do I bother?
Cue God who has got this timing lark down to a fine art after countless millennia of practice. Stephen I AM here for you. And if you show a little faith (like believe I am going to sort all your little worries and concerns) I will act when the time is right.You’re not Job and you’re not David. But I listened to them when they had a grumble and I’m going to listen to you as well.
Here’s the deal. Show a little faith in me. Not a whole heap. Just a smidgeon. Mountains? Mustard seeds? Ring any bells doofus? (OK maybe God wouldn’t refer to me as a doofus but you get my drift). Because I have faith in you. Despite the catalogue of screw-ups that have paved your life to date. I have faith in you. You’re not blameless but I know you are trying.
With that I shut up and drove. God has a knack of showing up in the little things, the everyday things. For that is where the miracles flow from; the incredible, jaw dropping occurrences that can only be him. He is in the humdrum. He is in the minutiae of everyday life. And is he is visible and audible. If you just look a little closer. If you just listen a little more attentively.
Now shut up and drive Stephen….
Do you pray and drive?
Has God ever spoken to you through an everyday occurrence?
Where is the strangest place you have prayed.