I’m sure anyone who has walked with God for any length of time has experienced this … this will be nothing new to most … but no matter how often it happens and how regularly it happens, I am still like a kid in a lolly shop (a candy shop for the Americans) and am amazed at how God works in our lives, and the lives of those around us.
Our church had a women’s event on Thursday night. In fact, I am sad to say I had not thought about it since popping it into my diary, since I tend to live in very short bursts of time right now due to my children’s’ schedules and the fact that anything around their schedules can change at the drop of a hat means I tend to look at one day at a time. I was catching up with my pastor on Wednesday morning for a lovely chat and coffee when she asked if I would play at this womens event. Now God had warned me that I may be asked, so I said yes … and then realised it was the very next day!
I thought … well, I’m going to be there anyway, so I am going to invite local people I love, local people who have no “spiritual home”, and anyone else God places on my heart to invite. I trusted it was going to be a good night, a speaker from the Babes Project was coming, and there was going to be tea and chocolate later … who wouldn’t want to come!
Names popped into my spirit and I texted as I thought of people …
A number of friends couldn’t come, especially with only 24 hours notice, but others could and after speaking to them, and mentioning to one or two I was playing, they became determined to come (some didn’t even know I was a musician).
Now a few weeks ago I posted about a mum F who had wanted to meet me, and whose close friend, M, was an ex-member of my previous church. I did invite F but she had the children that night and couldn’t come. I didn’t have the details of M, but I had mentioned to F that it may be something that M would like. I left it at that … and I basically said to God “if I bump into M at school I will invite her …” noting I never see her at school drop off or pick up …
Well the following morning my little boy wanted to walk himself in, so the odds of seeing M was nil … I had a few things to do, but felt to first head up to a shopping strip and stop for a cup of tea, which I don’t usually do, and I felt strongly to head to a particular coffee shop to do so …
I headed in, and … yes … you know where this is going … there M was with her husband … She said she hardly ever goes to this particular place for coffee … but they had decided to come this morning.
The long and the short of this is that I invited M, she happily said yes, and I think she had a great time … I haven’t seen her since …
Now I know that this is a simple story, and many of you may be saying … “yeah whatever” but as for me … no matter how often this happens, I am in awe of God, a God who sets us up for His best … a God that loves us … a God that allows life to flow with synchronicity, if we will just listen …
Purely and simply because …
God is Good!
God is amazing in how and when He uses us.
You’re SO right! Blessings, God is Good!
Thank you for reading.
The key to that and all of these types of things is listening — you need to listen. And as a side note — lolly shop is a great name for a candy shop. (from this American’s perspective)
Yes you’re right … Two ears one mouth … Something in that!
Glad you like our colloquialism for candy shop … Lolly shop … Or when I was growing up you went down to the local milk bar (shop where you bought your milk etc) and you got 20 cents worth of mixed lollies … That was fun!
Thanks for reading and commenting Derek.
I love stories like this one! It always thrills me to see God’s hand in the seemingly small or “coincidental” happenings of life. I believe!!!
I’m so glad you get it! 💃🙉
Blessings Jessie … And I trust you are doing ok!?!
I love how you are completely open to God’s plan. You didn’t even get worried about what you would play. Well done. You are a shining example how to allow God to work through you, no matter how scary or inconvenient.
Thank you Lisa. I actually have never looked at it that way isnt it funny … although I am being stretched at the moment in stepping up and playing on the worship team every second week without music. As a classically trained musician that’s like stepping out of the boat … but God has been kind and good to me … there is a whole story behind how I started playing again after 20 years …
Thank you for your kind words and encouragement
Blessings, God is Good! XX
Wow, it’s amazing to me you didn’t see that. I love your heart towards God, and it is quite fun to watch how God uses you. Have a great day, or evening, or whatever you are at at the moment 😉
Thank you … it’s 7.30pm Sunday night here … its dark and cold on a winters night 🙂 …
Bless you courageous woman of God who is willing to write through her pain and despair to help others come out of the dark X
Your posts are always so uplifting.
Thank you. I hope they are full of Him and encouragement to know He is good and true! Blessings.