Have you ever been surprised when God “showed up?” It happened to me just the other day. I was preparing for the monthly service I perform in the large recreation room at the local nursing home.
I had arrived quite early in order to prepare and set up the room. Sitting at the back of the room, working on a puzzle, was one resident whom I know very well. He greeted me and we shared small talk as I continued to set up, and he worked away at the puzzle. I must confess that I was half listening as I was SO focused on getting ready for the Holy Communion service I was about to perform. He told me that he prayed for me every day. I thanked him and continued to work away…Then, he began singing…and then I heard him praying.
By now, I was listening…finally. I sat down and entered into that space. He humbly prayed for the service, all the people who would attend, he also prayed for me. At that moment, I sensed the tangible Presence of the Holy Spirit in the form of two warm jolts throughout my body. My attitude was changed -from feverish, frenetic preparation -to intentional action.
When the dear soul had finished, he opened his eyes and said. “There, I think we are ready now!” He then picked up the next piece of the puzzle and placed it where it belonged. “I am positive we are now ready,” I thought to myself. God showed up. I was encouraged by His Presence. I was also very aware of why I do the things I do and for Whom I do them. God works through us. He works through others to us. He often uses folks and situations we might not expect. This reminds me of Patriarch Jacob who, after waking up from a dream, proclaimed: ” surely the Lord is in this place and I was not aware of it.” (Genesis 28:16).
Friends, on this weekend that many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving, as you gather together, remember the Lord who is the author and giver of ALL good things. He is the One who brings good things out of bad. He is the One who redirects us when we are off course or think that its all about us. He is One who provides for us and the One whom we serve. I also encourage you to call upon Him, believing that He will come to us. Be ready! It may not be a jolt, but His presence will change you. Come Lord Jesus!
In His Love, Rob+