This post is one in a series of posts called “Glimpses of God” which I am writing as part of the Write31Days blog challenge. You can find the other posts here: 31 Glimpses of God Blog Challenge (#write31days)
One thing I already love about this challenge is that I am constantly on the look for glimpses of God throughout my day. For someone who can easily get distracted by my “to-do” list, this is going to be a great way to keep my focus on the Lord.
Yesterday morning was one of those mornings. I woke up late, it was pouring (again), I saw the horrible news about the Oregon shooting (which I had somehow missed the day before), we finally got on the road when my daughter announced that she forgot her backpack (although she remembered her blankie!) I called my husband who sweetly brought said backpack to school, but then I felt guilty about making him late for work.
All in all, I knew none of those things were that big of a deal, but at the time they felt big. Feelings are funny that way aren’t they? As I drove away from school, I started to feel really sad. I tuned into the Christian AM station that I normally listened to after drop off, but the program I like was already over. I tuned into the FM station to listen to my christian music station, but they were playing the one song I don’t like. Frustrated and feeling lonely, I prayed, telling God that I didn’t want to feel this way. I felt as gloomy as the skies above. (The week long rain is really taking a toll on me, can you tell?)
I hit the bluetooth button on my car so that I could listen to songs via my phone. Normally, I have to pull up itunes on my phone before a song would play, but surprisingly music filled my car as soon as I hit the bluetooth button even though itunes was closed. The song that came on was “At Your Name” – a precious reminder of the awesome power and nature of God. That song was a total perspective changer. As I started to sing along, I felt a filling of my spirit occur. I was able to see above the gray clouds to the holiness of the unchanging God.
My emotions and feelings are so easily influenced by circumstances and outside forces, yet God remains the same. He is the same today as He was at creation. He will be the same tomorrow as He was the night heaven bent down and touched the little town of Bethlehem. He never ever changes. God never has a bad day, He never gets moody, He never wavers. Clouds may block our view of Him, but that doesn’t change Him.
Yesterday morning as I kept listening to different songs that testified to God’s goodness, my perspective changed even though my circumstances did not.
And the last song that played before I pulled into my garage? “Blessings” by Laura Story. If you know that song you will see the “God wink” of that song choice:
“What if Your blessings come through raindrops? What if Your healing comes through tears? What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know Your near? What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?”
See you tomorrow!