Are you listening?

In the past week I’ve heard various conversations. A staff member at the church I am privileged to serve stopped when he saw one of his neighbors struggling to load her car with some heavy bags. He pulled over just in front of her house, “Can I help?” Her gratitude was quickly evident when she replied, “God sure sent you. I was just asking Him, ‘How God will I get these bags of dog food into my car to carry to the shelter’ and you appeared.”

After careful evaluation, he contemplated the events that led to his coming home in the middle of the day. That morning, he had left some important papers on the kitchen counter. He’d planned to pick them up around 10:00 but a friend called and delayed him leaving. Perfect timing to help his neighbor.

A lady in our church commented to me as she was leaving the service Wednesday night, “God really helped me out. My car was in the shop and I wanted to come to church. Out of the blue, one of your church members called me about an unrelated issue. She mentioned church tonight and I told her I wanted to go but my car was messed up. Within 30 minutes she picked me up.”

A friend of mine’s dog was missing. His children were heartbroken. A neighbor took a different running path – one he’d never been on before – and found the dog in a ditch with a broken leg.

Story after story about a God who cares about the intricate day-to-day details of our lives; but, in every incident, He uses you or me to benefit someone else. The question then is, are you allowing God to use you? Are you in tuned to His voice and direction?

Titus 3:1, “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.”

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