"It's a God thing."
It's a phrase that's become pretty common in the last couple years. A simple way of saying that we see His hand in a specific situation or a series of circumstances that lead up to a given moment. I find myself using it fairly often, though purposefully, not too much. Thankfully, there are those times in our lives when we see how He orchestrates the moments to make it clear that yes, He does see and yes, He does know, and yes, He really does care.
We had one of those this week. Due to the personal nature of the entire situation, I am not able to share a lot of the details. When I look back at an incredibly difficult week, however, and try to see where I found inspiration, this was it. Our schedule intersected the schedule of a man who may have thought he was just doing his job. Our conversation was Masterfully conducted and God truly used him to help change the course of our family's week (at the very least) and infuse hope instead of despair. It truly was a "God thing!"
We have all seen men and women like that on the news. They are people we deem 'heroes' and they brush it off, insisting that any other person would have done the same thing and that they were simply doing their job. However humble, that does not negate the fact that their extraordinary actions or intuitive responses sometimes made the difference between life and death in someone's life.
I think about the current situation in Haiti, as the pictures pour in from the catastrophic earthquake on Tuesday. A myriad of volunteers and disaster relief agencies are doing whatever they can to help. All in a day's work? Part of what they signed up for? Perhaps. As the death toll rises and the devastation is chronicled, stories will also come to light of people who offered help and hope in the midst of it all.
The lesson? He shows Himself through people… flawed, imperfect, ordinary people. People just doing their jobs. People willing to give someone else the time of day. People who are willing to give preference to someone else above themselves. I am thankful for the people He has put in our lives who are willing to be such people and do such things. Have you been blessed by someone willing to take some extra time for you? If so, I encourage you to let them know the impact they have had on your life and your heart. I know one specific thank you note that is definitely on my list of things to do today!