Over the past few years I’ve heard different people say “Isn’t it wonderful when God shows up?” and my answer use to always be “Yes, God is good!”. Well, a few weeks ago I heard it again. “Isn’t it wonderful when God shows up?” This time my normal response, “Yes, God is good” didn’t seem right. All I could do was smile.
As I walked away, I asked myself why that question seemed so wrong. I mean, it’s wonderful when we see God working throughout our day, right? Wasn’t that what was being expressed? I use to think that’s all it was. Simply expressing how excited you were to see God working. But, that’s not what that statement says. It says ….when God shows up. As if He wasn’t already there. Like He decided to be there and suddenly reveal Himself to you.
So it’s not correct to say ‘God showed up’ because he’s always there. The Holy Spirit is always with us and in us. God goes with us and will never leave us. God is with you while driving to work, taking the kids to school, sleeping, grocery shopping and even when arguing with someone.
That got me thinking. Why do we sense God more at different times of our day, week, month or life? Then I remembered something my dear friend Martha use to always ask me, “Did you invite God in?”
As we go through each day we need to remember God is there with us and He is waiting for us to invite Him in. God loves us and desires to help us through our circumstances.
Last week my oldest daughter, Ashley, came up to me upset. She had a rough couple of weeks at school. She just started college and was thinking she might have made the wrong choice in schools and programs. I tried to reassure her and tell her she was in the best place because I saw God’s hand in all the planning and timing of her getting where she was. Unfortunately, I’m mom, and don’t know what I’m talking about. I tried to think of what else I could do to reassure her, but knew nothing I did or said would help the situation. I then quietly, in my head, asked God for help. I prayed for God to help Ashley realized she was exactly where she belonged.
I then suggested she go to her school to talk with her counselor and explain what she was unsure of and why. She asked me to go so I did, but just for support. I continued to pray during the drive that God would help Ashley understand she was in the right place. When we arrived we were able to sit down with a counselor right away. Ashley asked me to go in with her. I know she was nervous. The conversation between Ashley and the counselor was amazing. I knew God was leading it. Every word the counselor said was exactly what Ashley needed to hear and exactly how she needed to hear it. I Praised and thanked God continually during the conversation. I invited God in, instead of trying to figure out how to make Ashley happy myself. Ashley is now at peace with where she is and what she’s doing.
My prayer for us today ~ Lord, we thank you for walking along side us and pray we learn to invite You in to all our circumstances, Amen