Random, but not…

Funny thing happened on the way to writing today’s post… Well, not really. I just couldn’t resist using that line as an opener. I had every intention of fleshing out a topic that I’ve been meditating on for the past week. I had even read a Facebook post and attended a bible study that spoke to the same subject. Up until a few hours ago, that was my focus for today. Then, I had a series of thoughts that just kept swimming around and I decided to share the random and leave the specific for another day. Hope you’re not too disappointed….

The past week (in fact, the past month) has held some surprises–some welcomed, some not-so-much. I suppose this is just life. Some days are planned and move forward like clockwork; others, seem haphazard and uncoordinated. I had a few “what just happened” moments that had the potential of taking me way off the grid. I got a little swayed, but I never totally lost my balance. I decided to go with the flow and trust God despite my inability to make sense of it all.

That’s a challenge we all face. Perhaps you’ve heard it said: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade (or lemon juice, depending on your ingredients). That has been the gist of my month. About mid-February, I settled on a matter I had been praying about for years. The decision just kind of found me. I wasn’t really thinking a lot about it, except in times of prayer. Then, on a day I was busy living life, a peace about it just rested in my spirit. In the moment, I knew what I wanted and I sensed God was giving me the green light to pursue it. I shared my decision with a few key people and began the process of doing my part to bring it to pass. My new prayer focus was “God, lead me to the open door. You open it, and I’ll walk through.” Almost immediately, it seemed things were working in my favor. Then, as suddenly as the door opened, it was closed–or so I thought. The things I thought I wanted most seemed to be slipping through my fingers. I wanted to have a pity party, but no one accepted my invitation. For a moment, I was so thrown off that I reached out to trusted friends for a pep-talk. I didn’t need to be talked down from a ledge, but I did need to be reminded that I was still in the will of God. My friends did not disappoint and I was soon upright, again.

In the midst of getting back on track, an opportunity surfaced that I didn’t see coming. So, here I am with no clue what God is up to, but determined to trust His heart towards me. So, while I don’t know how these things are connected (other than that they’re happening to me), I’ve decided to ponder them in my heart and trust God for revelation in His time.

Once I did that, an amazing thing happened. I was invited to attend an over-night prayer vigil. I wasn’t sure what it would entail (other than prayer), and almost talked myself out of going. It was the randomness of the past week that actually served as an added push to get me to attend. I went with my own prayer agenda. I was expecting God to answer my heart’s cry for clarity about recent events. Can you imagine how I must have felt when the very last scripture of the night was Revelation 3:8, I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.Like my friends, only way better, God did not disappoint. He met me at my point of need and responded with a reminder that He is faithful in the midst of what appears to be random. He will connect the dots. I need only to be willing to follow as He leads. ~WordsInPrint by Suni

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