Before you scroll down, would you do me a favor? Would you ponder upon these questions (without giving cliché answer or wondering if anyone will judge):
Do you think God is good? When was the last time you feel God is working in your life? Have you thanked God today?
I hope you can answer my questions easily because it means you are counting your blessings. And yet today, I wonder the times God intervened in our lives without us realizing; the times when God’s provision, protection, and continuous help are not easily recognized.
My thoughts go to a Bible passage in Acts 9:1–5; it was about Paul (at that time, Saul) on his way to arrest and execute Christians. The Bible said that as he approached Damascus, a light shone around him from heaven–so instead of executing the Believers, he encountered the love of God. Now, take a moment and imagine the people in Damascus–the people who didn’t know the danger was near, as Saul was in his way to destroy them. I’m guessing that some of them would never ever know that that day, their lives were dancing close to death; instead they carried on with their lives and were saved from execution–because God intervened.
Through my journey with God, I am aware that God has asked us to do acts of kindness without the big fanfare of public recognition–and I believe He does it too: the kindness on our behalf–quietly, unrecognizably, humbly.
I was thinking about those times when pride crept in and took over my life. It is called as one of the seven deadly sins as a reminder for us how dangerous it is. You see, the thing about pride is that it ignores the fact that God is working behind the scene. When all eyes are on us, we fail to give credits to the One who works his grace and goodness in the less visible signs.
Answering the three earlier questions, I believe all of us can easily took pride in God’s tangible fingerprints around us, but please remember that there are moments when the invisible Hands helped us endlessly with grace and caused us to achieve what we have right now.
I don’t really know where you are right now–not literally, but in life. You might be on top of the world: your business is rising to the top, you got engaged yesterday, or your baby took her very first step this morning. Or, you might be facing rock bottom: you lost your job last week, your partner cheated on you, or your health report is not as good as you expected. But again, I hope we are all reminded that God’s kindness is at work–constantly.
We might never know the times God intervened and rescued us. So if you are on the top of the world, thank God for His guidance and grace–and when you are done thanking God with the visible ones, spend another moment to thank Him for His providence that you cannot see. While if you are facing the rock bottom, be hopeful for the work God does even though sometimes we fail to see it. Trust His timing in all things. Believe that God is working for those who love Him most.
Believe that God is good, always; that God is working, right now; that He deserves all our praise and worship, forever.