Time and Place

When things fall apart, it’s usually at the worst of all possible times and/or places. It’s usually very inconvenient and expensive. It seems right when there’s no time, and no money, things happen. But today, God was so very good to me. As I sat down at the table to do some work on my computer, I looked down, and out popped the right lens from my glasses. It gently fell on the table, with no harm done. It could have fallen out in so many places that would have caused me much more trouble than the way this happened. Today, I just picked up the lens, drove over to Costco, walked into their eyeglass department, and they fixed it on the spot, no questions asked. Don’t we wish when life takes a turn, it could be oh so simple?

I almost hesitate to write this story. Really? A lens? But do I want to miss the goodness of God even in something so, so small? I don’t. I always think of the ten lepers who were healed, and only one turned back to Jesus to say, “Thank you.” As I was driving home from Costco, I wanted to remember to say, “Thank You.” When the big things in life come, there are so many small things surrounding them that could be missed. When accidents happen, when deaths occur, when jobs are lost, when illness comes, it is so important that we look for all the ways that God is working in the midst of them, instead of complaining about all the ways we think He has abandoned us. Usually, this takes hindsight. Usually, we are so absorbed in what is going on, we don’t see things as clearly as we do when looking back. Maybe the leper didn’t “see” Jesus or the miracle as he should have in the moment. But when it was over, when he was walking away from the miracle and he saw it, he turned back to say, “Thank You.” It’s never too late. On my drive home today, it wasn’t too late to let God know I was grateful.

When I look back over the last 20 years, it has been quite the journey. A friend recently wrote to me to ask for prayers for a young girl they know who was just diagnosed with the same type of leukemia our son, Phil, had. This friend was Phil’s teacher those 20 years ago when we lived in Germany. We both can barely believe it has been that long. Phil battled leukemia for 5 ½ years, and he has been living in Heaven for over 14 years now. There were times when I missed God in the midst of all the difficulties. But looking back, I see my Savior in so many ways. Because of that, I know that God is with this family who are now walking a similar journey to ours. Because of that, I can pray for them and have great Hope for them, no matter what, because our God is faithful.

Searching And Noticing the Divine fell right in front of my eyes today, and I could have missed saying thank you. But I turned back and said, “Thank You” to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has brought me a far distance, and He will continue to be with me until I see Him face to face. He will also be with this family now facing leukemia with their daughter. It won’t be easy. It will be one of the hardest things they have ever done. But with Jesus, it will be possible.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26 (NIV)