Ever have one of those weeks where God just keeps showing up? In every situation, no matter how you mess it up, no matter what rotten attitude you exhibit, no matter the mistakes you make. You attempt over and over again to screw things up with your complete and utter “human-ness”, but there He is. Making things ok. Reminding you that He is in control and that all you have to do is rely on Him and obey. That is exactly the week I am having.
I’m not very proud to admit that trusting God is not really my strong suit. I teach my kids that they can rely on Him for everything. I tell them that they can go to God with anything that burdens their heart and if they hand it over, He will deal with it. I tell them that they will look back on those burdens one day and realize that what once seemed so huge to them will look much smaller and more manageable. But, I don’t always practice what I preach. I hand my burdens over to God with the full belief that He will work them out in my best interest. And I let Him deal with them. Until I don’t. Until I feel like I am not getting the results I expected or until things aren’t happening fast enough to suit me. I don’t do it on purpose. I don’t consciously think “God had failed me. I’ve given Him the one thing that He couldn’t handle.” But by snatching my worries back from His hands that’s exactly what I am saying to Him. By hanging onto things I had previously turned over, I am suggesting that I am bigger and more capable than God.
But He remains faithful. He shows up. Even when He could leave me to my own sad devices. Even when He could fold His arms across His divine chest and say to me, “go ahead. You wanted to take it back so badly. You deal with it.” But He doesn’t do those things. He walks alongside me and gives me more chances. So many chances that I feel as though I must be coming to the end of my share. Until I remember that there is no end to the chances.
I am so grateful for those times when God keeps showing up in unexpected ways. When I hear the same message in different ways in a short amount of time. When the same Scripture keeps popping up and speaking to me in different ways. And when He makes His presence known in a situation that reminds me to stop, go to my kids and remind them of His great faithfulness.