Over the past few years I have sent “words for the week” — collected from a variety of sources — to my family, friends and faith partners as a way of encouragement. I’ve discovered each one had a special meaning to some one at some time. The message just resonated with them at just the time they needed it most. I never know who until after the fact. It also gives me a reason to specifically and consciously lift up each of them individually in prayer.
And, it’s a two-way street. My family, friends and faith partners have reciprocated with their own “words,” often hitting their mark at just the right time.
Today was a perfect example. I received the following “conversation with God.” It may have been around for awhile, but it’s the first time it resonated with me.
Me: God, can I ask you a question?
Me: Promise you won’t get mad?
God: I promise.
Me: Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?
God: What do you mean?
Me: Well, I woke up late.
Me: My car took forever to start.
Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.
Me: On the way home my phone went dead just as I picked up a call.
Me: And on top of all that, when I got home I just wanted to soak my
feet in my new foot massager and relax, but it wouldn’t work! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?
God: Well, let me see. The Death Angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.
Me (humbled): OH …
God: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on
your route who would have hit you if you were on the road.
God: The person who made your first sandwich today was sick and I didn’t want you to catch what he has. I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.
Me (embarrassed): Ok …
God: Your phone went dead because the person who was calling was going to give false witness about what you said during that call. I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Me: (softly) I see, God.
God: Oh, and that foot massager had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me: I’m sorry God.
God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to trust me in all things, the good and
Me: I will trust you.
God: And don’t doubt MY plan for your day is always better than
Me: I won’t, God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for
God: You’re welcome, child. It was just another day being your God, and I love looking after my children.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Smiles are workplace winners.