As you know, I've been writing about the love and presence of God in my life and those of others. With all the killings going on in our world, the terrorism and senseless deaths all over the place, it may seem that God is not here or He just doesn't care. Those are worldly things we see and hear about. Plus there are all of our own personal concerns and pains - plenty of those. And no one really has answers for most of these things. There are serious issues in our world today. But I think God is here, even in the midst of all the human tragedy and fear. In the midst of all the pain we see and hear about, I want to offer a different perspective.
I truly believe God works through people, and if you look around there is much more love working through people in the world than there is evil. It may not seem that way, because we hear so much negative news, and things definitely need to get better, but He is here. He is a God of love, wisdom and change, even if it takes time and we never really understand it all.
By writing today, I'm hoping to really put a different spin on viewing the world, because that is what's happening for me. You see, God is changing my life and the way I see the world, and it's blowing me away. Instead of trying to find fun and happiness by trying too hard, which can be fleeting and empty in the long run or at the end of a night, He is bringing me joy in life itself, which builds upon itself. I hope sharing this perspective will make sense to demonstrate why I think God is here even in the midst of all the worldly pain.
I have a pretty blessed life - a great job and passion, great friends and family, dreams, a future, my health, plus plenty more. So, maybe I have a skewed view because I have it pretty good. But I've also dealt with some things that really make no sense and cause confusion and some tough emotions. All of that has skewed my perspective too. This is where God comes in. He is taking all of my views of life and flipping them around toward love, and that is making all the difference in the world.
Ever since a painful chapter started in my life last fall, I've been searching for peace. At a most unexpected time, I "heard" a voice telling me He was going to pull me out of my hell hole, to show me His power to give me peace and so I could share it with the world. Over the months, I have surrendered more and more, giving my life and outcomes I'm concerned with to God and believing in His healing. Some of it has included me fighting and screaming inside. This somewhat humble surrender has made me let go of being right, lots of ego and stubbornness. And let me tell you, it's a process! And I'm not always happy about it! BUT...during this time, which is no coincidence, God has been blessing me more and more. If you've read any previous posts, you know of the blessings.
And I guess now we're heading toward what I want to really share today. And that is: God is here, working through us. It's really that simple, but that profound and meaningful. His love is working through us. Whether the moments are small or large, He is there. He may be working through friends or strangers. You just never know. Over the years, I have always wanted gratitude in my life and being, the kind my mom shows every day. Well, it's taken pain and surrender, but I have finally found a grateful attitude that is blowing away the way I use to take things for granted. One thing is for sure, when LOVE is working through us, love cannot and should not be taken for granted. We have to stop to take it in. And I mean really take it in - let it change and mold us.
Since I've been sharing God moments with people, many have asked if I am just noticing them more, meaning they have always been there, or if they are happening more. I think it's a combination. God's love working through people has definitely always been there, and maybe I just didn't notice it enough before. That's true. But since surrendering more of my life to God, it's really undeniable that God's favor and blessings have increased in my life. I don't think God was holding back before, but it's really that I am now open more to His loving blessings coming my way. He is blessing me and changing me, helping me find peace and joy.
Here are some examples from my life that show God is working through people. On the Fourth of July, I was in a weird mood, grateful but a bit lonely. Wanting to be with people, but not wanting to talk too much. Thinking about love and integrity helping me become a stronger person, more confident, but also more at peace. At a house party on the parade route, even early in the day, my feet were sore (am I really that old?!). I found an out-of-the-way place to sit on the front steps of the house. This spot was behind a canopy and food tables, took a little coordinated footwork to get to it, yet I could still see the parade. While seated, I watched the parade, tried to calm my emotions a bit and watched others talking and laughing. Then within a half an hour, two friends made their way through the obstacle course to join me on the steps. This is the type of thing I'm talking about, with God working through people. Both of these men had to take action to go out of their way to talk to me. That is love at work in people. Yes, love is an emotion, but also really an action.
Also, just the other day, two moments happened that showed me God's love working through people. A rector of a church agreed to meet me for breakfast. The last time we talked, he recommended a Christian book to me, so I had emailed him that I had started reading it and it was helping refine my faith. When we met the other day, after we shared how life was going, he pulled out another book by the same author, as a gift for me. That just blew me away. He went out of his way to find a book and bring it to me. THANK YOU! Not only for the book, but also for thinking of me.
Later that day, Joe, a student who was in my class just this year, was playing baseball at the small stadium in front of Miller Park. I had texted his mom to see how he was doing this summer, and she invited me to come see him play. When I got there, I didn't see him or his parents right away, but then saw his dad in the bleachers, so went to sit by him. When his mom swung by a few minutes later, she said hi and then asked her husband for the car keys. When she returned, she had a gift of crazy socks for me. How cool is that? She was thinking of me, and what a demonstration of God's love it was. THANK YOU!
These are demonstrations of kindness that are really God working through people. And THEY ARE EVERYWHERE. I am grateful to know God is here, He is guiding people and He brings peace. I sure hope these thoughts bring peace and understanding. Blessings to all of you. XO
In the last three weeks, I've had two hummingbirds fly by me in the oddest spots. They've hovered for just a few seconds, let me see them, and then just taken off. For that, I thought the first song below might be appropriate.
And while I was writing this blog, the second song came on to Youtube.