Obvious God Whisper
Joy Craven Scranton of Lee’s Summit, MO, USA
See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here… I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. -Jeremiah 31:8, 13b
I drove to a park where I stretched my legs out my van window and felt the cool breeze and warmth of the gorgeous sunshine. I sat with my computer in my lap to work on an upcoming sermon based on Matthew 22:15-22.
When I glanced up I saw a tall, athletically built, young black man with his two young children. I wondered how many times this man had been treated badly simply because of the color of his skin. I wished I could take away all the pain he had ever experienced. I wanted to say something, but what could I say?
I watched as he removed his tennis shoes and walked barefoot across the sand where he joined his kids in digging a hole. The giggles and laughter increased.
Again, I thought I should say something, but I was working on a sermon. How much more God-centered could I be?
Then the irony struck. I was writing about centering our priorities on God, yet I was ignoring this obvious God whisper. I leaned out my window and said, “It’s so wonderful to watch a dad enjoying time with his kids. The world needs more dads like you! You deserve a gold star in your crown for sure!”
The man got the biggest smile on his face and said, “Thank you, ma’am.”
There I was preparing a sermon for Children’s Sabbath, and this man had modeled giving his treasure of time to make God’s children a priority in his life. I cannot express the depth to which that touched me.
I leaned out my window again and said, “It’s truly been a pleasure watching you, sir. You have really blessed me today. Thank you.”
That man will never know the impact he had on me and the lives he will touch as people read this story. Giving your treasures, even when they may seem small, can leave a Godprint on the world.
“Light dawns on a weary world.” CCS 240
The Light of God
Epiphany invites us to focus on the light of God. Close your eyes and draw your attention to your breath. As you breathe gently in and out, reflect on the statement, “The light of God is in all things.” The light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates God’s healing love. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light and it lives in you.
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