It was another hectic day full of many errands and lots and lots of coffee. Due to a miscommunication, my mom had to stay at work longer than normal and needed me to bring her some lunch. We were out of all sandwich-making food, so I drove into town to pick up a sandwich from Subway. As I waited in line, running through my long list of things I wasn’t going to get done, the lady next to me leaned over and said, “You are so beautiful.”
All racing thoughts came to a halt as I registered what she had said and thanked her with a huge grin on my face.
We each went our own way after that, her to sit down with her son and me to rush out to the car, but that smile didn’t leave my face for the next hour. As I drove away I couldn’t help but think, “That was you, God. Thanks for that.”
At that moment I had really needed something to redirect my stressful thoughts back to the One who is more important than getting to the post office before closing. I needed to be reminded that a focused and distracted expression needs to be replaced with a smiling one every once in awhile. He decided to remind me that day by speaking through a stranger to redirect my attention to His constant presence.
As I’ve recently graduated and am starting to enter the wonderful world of ever-present ‘adulting,’ I’ve realized just how easy it is to lose focus of God. When there are a hundred things to do and places to be, God’s presence can be pushed to the back burner. I become distracted and forget to look for the glimpses of His working hand throughout my daily life. He is constantly making His presence known through haphazard occurrences, we just have to remember to look.
I like to call those moments ‘God-things,’ because that’s what they are; things that only God could have orchestrated.
That God-thing that occurred in the tucked-away Subway on Main Street reminded me to stand still in the middle of chaos and search for God’s hand. Whether you’re running through the neighborhood in the early morning or running late for work, remember to keep an eye out for the God-things taking place around you. God wants to make you smile and He gives you many reasons to. Those moments are ones that you don’t want to miss because they’re almost always something you need to hear or see.
“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalms 126:2-3)
Michaela is seventeen-years-old and passionate about taking Christ’s name to every corner of the world. She is an aspiring writer and avid reader, documenting her life on her blog Reckless Abandon. On any given day, no matter the time or place, you will spot her with coffee and/or a book in hand. She is currently abroad in England serving with Youth With a Mission and is planning to attend Liberty University in Fall 2017 to major in Writing and Literature or Global Studies.