Seriously?

Seriously? That’s what I said when I received a text from a friend. She was answering a question I had just sent to her. She had been texting me about how she was reading The SAND Room, Volume 1. I wondered which story she had read. So while waiting for her reply, I picked up my copy of the book and chose a story to read. It happened to be about God delivering a delicious dessert to my table at a Christmas gathering I had attended.

When I got my friend’s reply, I was picking my grandson up from school. She said she had just read, “Thank You, Lord.” I wasn’t sure which one that was, so I brought the website up on my phone and took a look at it. I was SO surprised! Seriously!? It was the story I had just read. I hadn’t remembered the title. Out of the 52 stories in the book, God had me turn to that very one. You may be asking, “How do you know it was God?” Well, I do know that our enemy, Satan, wouldn’t have given me such a pleasant surprise in my day. He is only out to kill, steal and destroy. He is not into helping us, bringing us joy, making us smile, or anything of that sort. So any good that comes to us, comes to us from our Father in Heaven. Through this experience, God was once again showing me what the SAND Room stories are all about—pleasant gifts in our day that cause us to stop a moment and give thanks to our Savior, who has already given us so much. And yet, Jesus keeps on giving, until He returns to take us Home.

I was reading this morning, how our giving should never be in the form of overworking, but instead in the form of overflowing. Jesus is the one who quenches any thirst…any desire that we have in life. He is the One we are to follow each day. We are to give out of an overflowing of His indwelling Holy Spirit. Sadly, many times, we are giving out of emptiness, and that wears on us. The thing is, there are days when we are heavily burdened, and we can get to the bottom of our barrel quickly. Our supply of love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness can diminish before the day is done—even if we started our day soaking in the Word of our Lord. That may be another reason why God gives us these divine moments in our day. They draw our attention away from what is draining us, and help us focus on our Redeemer and be encouraged about His care for us.

Searching And Noticing the Divine helps us replenish our supply of the Fruit of the Spirit. Divine moments take us from, “How am I going to take another step?” to “Seriously?! You’re that present in my life? I’m energized by Your love.” It may seem to be a little thing when other things loom large. But those little God things whittle away at the mountain we face. They can help make a tunnel through the junk of this life, leading us into our Father’s arms of care.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Psalm 23:5 (NIV)