Have you heard me laughing out loud lately? Well I have, big deep belly laughs. I fully believe God laughs right along with us when we are awake enough to spot His humor in our lives.
It all started with some “random coincidences,”— occurrences strung together for no apparent reason. Recently my favorite coffee mug broke. I’ve had that mug for over a decade. It was wide enough on the bottom as to not spill. The handle fit perfectly in my hand, and it kept coffee hot enough for me to drink a cup.
I guess nowadays they just don’t make mugs like it anymore, because I sure couldn’t find one. Then one day while visiting the thrift store, there it was. The perfect coffee mug. Better yet, it had a Bible verse on it, with the word Hope above it. “May the God of hope fill you with joy with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.” (Romans 15:13)
Then God’s beautiful bombardment began. The next day Romans 15:13 was in my morning devotional. Two days after that, I heard it in a podcast. After that Romans 15:13 popped up in my day from various sources five more times. I kept smiling, laughing, and praising God for continuing His kind message to me.
But God wasn’t done yet. I’ve been listening to podcasts on accessmore.com. Recently it has been the Dream Big podcast with Bob Goff and friends. After a day of listening to one episode after another, I again found myself at the thrift store looking for new books, well new to me. I found a NIV Read through the Bible in a year for thirty five cents! And guess what books was next to it? Love Does by Bob Goff! I laughed out loud right in the store. I couldn’t help it.
I have a small Bible in my kitchen to read while waiting for dinner to cook. I opened it and was on Psalm 46. So I looked it up in The Passion Translation too.
“God, you are such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble—more than enough and always available whenever I need you. So I will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away.” (vs. 1-2a) “Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see I am God.” (vs. 10)
Then the next morning I’m live streaming the message from Life Church, In God We trust part 3, and guess what the scripture was? That’s right! Psalm 46! Pastor Craig Groeschel went on to further explain the meaning of “ever-present help.” He said it was derived from two Hebrew words. Nimsa and meod. Nimsa means to be discovered, encountered and experienced. Meod means abundant and exceeding much. God’s ever-present help is just waiting to be discovered, encountered and experienced. It is also abundant and exceeding much. Here’s the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvCs6IEkQ1g
Well sit down because you know there’s more. I’m working on a future post to expand on the one I did about allowing God to define who I am. In the early days of my blogging days, someone gave me advice to make sure the title is not more than seven words. It also needs to be something to catch people’s attention, because when they are scrolling through feeds you have less that five seconds to draw them in.
So I came up with Because I said so. The very next morning, what was in my devotional? “Because I said so!” Again with the big belly laugh!
I am in awe that the God of everything wants to show me how much He loves me with His coincidences, to make me laugh, and spend time with me. In doing so He keeps me living in eager anticipation for what’s coming next. I am therefore on high alert to be open and to look for opportunities of sheer joy that He sends my way.
“Keep you eyes open for God, watch for his works; be alert for signs of his presence.” (Ps. 105:4 [MSG])
“Put your hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Tim. 6:17b)
And let God beautifully bombard you with His love and kindness!
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