There are times when I just chuckle at how God operates.
For example. Colleen asked me to open a class that she teaches at the Mission where she works. I get recruited to participate periodically. It’s called “Identity Matters”, titled after a book written by Terry Wardle. The class happens weekly for 90 minutes over a 6-week period. The amusing part is watching my wife decide, the morning of the class or even just before class, how the topic for the day will play out. Correction, she doesn’t decide, God does. I know, you’re like, “Come on, seriously? She hears from God like that?” The answer is a resounding, YES!
What I love about this particular day’s class, was the topic. Walking with God. Or more aptly expanded to walking and talking with God. There’s always an interesting twist to our pre-class routine at times like this. Asking me to open isn’t unusual but with this topic I decided to ask God myself what he wanted me to discuss that morning.
A split second later, right before we left the house, I had to hit the latrine, figuratively speaking. I walked into the bathroom and there in a basket next to the toilet, where all good reading material belongs, is a copy of John Eldredge’s book “Walking with God”. As a dutiful soldier I pick up the book and read the back cover. Voila, there it is. The opening for the morning class. You could call it a coincidence but that would be blasphemous. A little extreme on that accusation but come on – you have to admit – on cue – there’s the topic and the book right there. Prompted by my bladder, we had our opening.
“We have two options. We can trudge through on our own, doing our best to figure it all out. Or we can walk with God. As in, learn to hear his voice. Really. We can live life with God. He offers to speak to us and guide us. Every day. It is an incredible invitation. To accept it is to enter into an adventure filled with joy and risk, transformation and breakthrough. And more clarity than we ever thought possible.” – John Eldredge – Walking with God – Back Cover
Moral of this story? Never underestimate the power of prayer and how God wants to commune with us. Each and every moment of each and every day. He shows up in the oddest ways at the oddest times. But don’t you just love that about Him?