I didn’t want to go to church this morning. I didn’t even want to get dressed but I did. I debated for an hour or so about going to church. I was tired, but I decided to go. I left home early. I figured I can sit and pray or visit with someone in the new garden we have. As I was driving my hands were so dry they hurt. I thought, I should stop and buy some lotion or something. I was too lazy to get out of the truck, so I didn’t stop. My plans of praying while I was waiting changed when I pulled into the parking lot. There was the mobile blood unit in the church yard. My church invites them to come get donations several times a year. I usually donate. I didn’t feel like it, but I looked at the time, had plenty of time before the service so I donated. Donating blood is very easy. Plus you get a snack and a T-shirt. If you haven’t given blood, you should do it. It does not hurt. I know you think it would, but it really doesn’t. After that I went in to the ladies room and there was a brand new bottle of lotion. I said thanks to God. The service was wonderful. It usually is. There was singing, praising, praying, peace sharing and communion. Peaceful and convicting. Then I went home.
What is my point? In my brief story of my day, well half of it, did you see God anywhere in there? No? well let me add a few more details.
I didn’t want to get up, but I prayed, God help me get going.
I didn’t want to go to church, but I prayed God should I go.
I didn’t want to stop for lotion, but I prayed God make my hands stop hurting.
I wasn’t sure about donating, so I asked God do I have time?
God answered all these prayers when I got to church. I was obedient. I “kept the Sabbath holy” and He blessed me. Not only I was blessed but with the blood mobile God gave me the chance to be a blessing to someone else.
That is how God works in our ordinary lives in extraordinary ways. He uses what we have, what we offer or what we aren’t expecting. He changes our plans to suit His will and in the end he blesses us. For that I am thankful.
So this week look for God in the little things. God will surprise you.