Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Odds Don't Matter With God.

David arriving in Tijuana, Mexico courtesy of Google(TM) Maps

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!  And when I wake up, your are still with me.  Psalm 139: 17,18 (NLT)

Do you realize that there are over 7 billion people on the planet?  That’s a lot of people.  It is hard for me to fathom a God that would think of me and always be with me.  But that’s exactly what He does and continues to do.  He really showed me that. Even though I am 1 of the 7 billion He still knows me and is with me.  On top of that God knows my son and was with him as well. 

This isn’t a new story, but definitely one that continues to teach me much about God and His great love for each of us.  A few years back when David was fleeing the country and hoping all of his problems and mental health issues would be left behind God showed me in a very tangible way that he knew exactly where David was.  David had planned on never returning and I only knew generally where he was.  He showed me David’s picture online as if to say, “Here he is, I am with him, and I’ve got this covered.  Keep praying, but no need to worry, he will come back.” 

I knew immediately that only God could orchestrate something like this against all odds.  What were the odds out of the entire planet that GoogleTM Maps would be shooting street view pictures in the exact city at the exact time when David was arriving at his destination complete with his garbage bags of belongings and all?   You can imagine how special I must have felt.  This was a very tangible picture of the verse above not only for me, but a snapshot showing me that God was with him too. 

Why does it surprise me that a God that came and died for me, parted the Red Sea on more than one occasion, fed the Israelites Angel’s food, fed thousands, and so much more wouldn’t do this thing for me or my son?  It shouldn’t take something like this for me to know I am loved by my God dearly.  It showed me that even when everything surrounding David’s circumstances and choices was as the world saw it, falling apart, God was still there.  I knew right at that moment what that verse and several others really meant. 

Now it is a few years later and I sometimes find myself going back to that moment to remind me of just how much God cares for me.  Even if you haven’t had one of those once-in-a-lifetime-against-all-odds things happen to show you that God is with you, it doesn’t mean that He isn’t.  My hope and prayer is that this story will somehow help you believe and know that your God is madly in love with you and cares about you.  Sometimes it’s hard to see His plan for our lives amidst so much that seems to be going wrong.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to encourage others about your love for us, your children.  Help me to see your hand in my life and keep me from doubting your presence especially when everything seems to be falling apart around me.  Amen

Ann Gapinski

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