I’ve heard a lot of people joke, I have, too, that God has a sense of humor. It must be true!
Since I had such a lovely time before, I knew I wanted to return to the pond again. It is such a beautiful place to think, to rest, and to take in time with the Lord. The day I went, however, was far different than the previous day. Cold. Cloudy. Windy. The closer I got to the pond the chiller the air became.
Once arriving, there were no ducks in the pond. Not that I really was able to see the ducks long the previous day. Oh, how I hoped to see them! Taking out my phone, I played the rest of the sermon I was listening to.
While listening, I noticed a group of ducks on the far, far end of the pond, and I asked God, “Hey, could You make them come closer before I leave so I could see them?”
We are supposed to give God the big stuff and the small stuff, right?
As I listened, I saw the ducks continue to stay on the far end of the pond. I was content I got to at least see them even if they were farther away. Then, all of sudden, a few feet in front of me, a seagull flew and dove into the water to get his fish.
This moment actually made me tear up a little bit, and I’ll tell you why.
First, the previous day, I had desired to see seagulls and didn’t see any. Second, there is a river that I really enjoy visiting, and the first time I got up close to the river I saw all kinds of seagulls. In fact, I asked God that day, “Hey, would You make one of them fly closer so I can see better?” And within seconds, a seagull did, in fact, leap up and fly really close to me. That seagull stayed pretty close for several minutes.
It was just a special moment and I felt heard, even on the smallest of things.
So, when this random seagull flies right by me and dives into the pond, I was taken a little aback, if I’m honest. I fully expected NOT to see any seagulls that day. But lo and behold, there was one!
I had shared in the Post | God Answered A Prayer (I Didn’t Ask Him About) that God sometimes answers the things I desire without me actually asking Him about it. When Jesus said that the Lord knows all of our needs, He meant it! He not only knows what we need but also what we desire! The Lord is a good Father who will give His children bread, not snakes, or something harmful.
It was another moment that to others, I’m sure, seems insignificant, but to me, it meant a lot, and God knew that. He knows that every day.
Before I left the pond, there were actually THREE seagulls that joined total AND I DID SEE THE DUCKS FINALLY CROSS MY WAY!
There are a lot of times in life when we feel unheard. We are convinced the Lord is silent to us, or He has turned His back on us. This is simply NOT true! I remember recently talking with a sister in Christ about how she wasn’t seeing the Lord at work in her life. A month later goes by, and we start seeing all of these things that happened during that month, and it happened right around the time she claimed she wasn’t seeing God.
Sometimes we become so focused on what we want to see happen that we miss everything else that IS happening. Control becomes our best friend and if God doesn’t do exactly what we want, well then, He isn’t doing anything.
This isn’t true!
I encourage all of you to look for the small stuff because the more we are open to the Lord and see the smaller things He is doing, the easier it will be for us to see how He is preparing us for the bigger stuff!
Did God ever answer you with something you didn’t expect? What was it?
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