“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers.” Phil. 4:6-7, The Living Bible
Have you noticed that God reveals Himself in the most interesting ways? Recently, for a major event, a friend needed to get a painting from an artist in Wichita, and time was quickly running out. I knew that my son was going to be in Wichita that weekend and my friend asked him to pick it up for her. Now Wichita is a fairly big city, but when Jared googled the artist, it turns out she was just around the corner from where he was spending the night. What a coincidence!
Several months ago, Jared wanted to meet a person to whom I was ministering, so he went with me to see her. And what do you know – it turns out her husband was one of his employees. How weird is that?
William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury in the early 1900’s, is quoted as saying, “When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t, they don’t.” I am convinced that God is intimately involved in the lives of His people. He cares about a painting that is needed ASAP, and He knows everybody in the whole wide world, and who is going to be where, when, and how to connect the right person to the need. He caresabout a young woman who desperately needs Jesus, and He knows how to surround her from all directions.
Most of us are familiar with George Muller, who cared for thousands of orphans in Great Britain in the 1800’s, without ever asking for money or going into debt. He relied entirely on God to provide for his children, and time after time God met their needs in unexpected ways.
Just as Jesus cares about Mr. Muller’s needs, He cares about yours, too. Why worry? Pray! It’s great fun to laugh with Jesus as He sets up “coincidences.”
God bless you!
Notes from the Staff @The Woods