Is Your Gas Light On?
How often have we wondered if we are where God would have us be? There are so many paths in life to follow, and so many choices to make on those paths… God gives us the freedom to choose—even considering our eternal life with Him. It is not a forced “issue.” We either choose to follow Jesus Christ, or we don’t. If we think we haven’t made a choice about Jesus yet, the truth is, we have. To not choose Him is actually a choice. That choice will count when we stand before our Lord on our last day. Will Jesus be our advocate on that day, pronouncing us forgiven because of His death and resurrection, or will He say, “I never knew you”? That is an important choice that we all need to think about sooner rather than later.
As we make choices, there can be things in life that seem like “coincidences.” But my brother, Steve, always calls these “coinciding” events. I like that! As a friend visited our church this last Sunday, unbeknownst to us, there were to be some coinciding events. We entered into church together, and after worship, some announcements were made. The assistant pastor told us a story of years ago when the low gas light in his car came on. He knew his tank was close to empty! When he finally pulled into a gas station, there was little if any gas left in his car. AND, he discovered he didn’t have his wallet…no money and no gas. He hated to ask a stranger for money, but he had little choice. He found a very generous “helper” on that day. He asked for $2 for gas, but the man gave him a full tank. What a huge blessing!! He went on to encourage us that if we had arrived at church this morning spiritually empty, “gas light on,” we were in the right place. We could fill up here! And we sure did! It was a fantastically encouraging, transforming service!!
Now, onto the coinciding events of the morning… As the worship music started, they announced a new song we would be doing. I didn’t know it. But my friend turned to me and said, “That is the very song I was singing this morning while getting ready for church.” Knowing some of the things she is going through right now, I knew it was certainly helping to fill her tank. But what really surprised us after the service was when she shared with us that her gas light had come on sometime while driving to church this morning! Coinciding plan of God? I believe so. Any other Sunday, she would have been at her home church. But this morning, God was meeting her at our church! We can take comfort in coinciding events. They help us to know we are right where God would have us be. We can’t know all the reasons this side of Heaven as to why, but we can let the Holy Spirit strengthen us with these small personal touches from God!
When Searching And Noticing the Divine, let’s take notice when things match up in a supernatural way. God is filling our hungry souls and helping us journey on! What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31 NLT)