Recently I shared a posting on Facebook – it was a sermon by Alistair Begg titled God of the Ordinary (you can listen to it here). Too often we miss what God is doing because we overlook the ordinary events of life – which is where He normally appears. Don’t miss God in the ordinary.
But God also works in the dramatic, the extraordinary. Let me share a story with you from a young lady who was raised in our church and is now serving as a missionary in Haiti. Her name is Krischelle and she works in a very poor and difficult area of Haiti, even by Haitian standards.
A large truck and trailer filled with supplies was donated to Lemuel Ministries (see their blog here), the ministry Krischelle works with in Haiti. Getting supplies to Haiti is difficult at best – getting them through customs is even harder. Two of their staff members traveled to Port au Prince and each day checked with customs praying and hoping that their things would be released. One of the customs agents was even a former Lemuel staff member who did all he could to expedite their case. The two men who were there to pick up the truck and drive it back parked in the same place at the dock every day and waited – for a week and a half. Then on Thursday of the second week there was a large chemical explosion at the docks. Buildings, trucks, cars, and supplies were damaged and destroyed.
The customs inspector who was helping Lemuel had walked out of the area thirty minutes before the explosion.
The two Lemuel staff members decided that day to return home. The location where they had parked for the better part of two weeks suffered extensive damage – all the cars parked in that area burned.
There was a group of ten new four-wheelers waiting to clear customs. The security personnel only had time to save one of them – it was Lemuel’s.
Other large trucks waiting to clear customs were destroyed – Lemuel’s truck was unscathed.
You can choose to look at this as a series of fortuitous circumstances. Or you can choose to see the hand of God providing for His people. It takes as much faith to believe one as the other.
Yes, God appears in the ordinary events of life and that is where He normally works. But at times He shows up in the big events – at just the right place, at just the right time. And for that we praise Him!
Romans 8:28 is still true. We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.