I was talking to Joel today about coincidences. Specifically, that I don't believe in them. I will say it- I do not believe in coincidences, chance, fate, whatever. There are no "accidents".
I was at Target the other day. I had a coupon for a free box of pain reliever- up to $5.99. Well, my choices were: a box of 20 pills for $4 or a box of 100 for $7. Then I spotted it: a Target issued catalina (one of the coupons that prints at the register-they are called "catalinas") for $2.50. Little known fact: you can use a Target issued coupon and a manufacturer's coupon together for the same item at Target. So basically, they paid me $1.50 for the pain reliever I bought! Right after I paid I told Joel, "God did that for me". Joel just laughed.
But think about it. We serve a God who has named every star. Who crafted each snowflake to be individual. Every. Single. One. Unique. Why in the world would He not care about how much money I save on my Excedrin? Ummm, He does. And He likes to put me in situations where I can offer gratitude to him. Even little ones! Honestly, I think it tickles Him to give us things like free fries, money on the sidewalk, or a coupon you weren't expecting.
At Taco Bell the other night (yes, we eat out- all the time actually. No shame here-I love fast food!) I didn't order what I really wanted: a chicken quesadilla. I never eat those, but I wanted one. I ordered one for Josie, but minus the "spicy sauce"-my favorite part. I ordered something cheaper for myself. When Joel brought our order to the table and lo and behold- there were two quesadillas! They had mistakenly put the sauce on the first one, so after they re-made it, they just gave us the "mistake". Nope, don't believe it! I know that the Lord gave that cheese, chicken, saucy little filled tortilla to me as His way of saying, " I know what you want, and I am going to give it to you-just to make you happy."
You can argue. You can say, "He doesn't concern Himself with paltry matters such as that." But you would be wrong. And worse, if you feel that way, you are robbing yourself of opportunities to rejoice in the little things and see even the smallest of matters as reasons for giving thanks to the One who gives us everything.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, Who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
You can look- that verse does not specify size or quantity for those gifts. He wants us to recognize that every good thing in our life is from Him. Regardless of whether it is money, food, friendship,EVERYTHING in your life that is good is from Him. So quit using phrases like "chance" or "luck". It is all from the hand of God. And whether it is a quesadilla or a coupon-give thanks where it is due.
I think this is my favorite post you have ever written! I love how you bring the spiritual down to my level, and remind me where my heart should be. I need to be more thankful for the little things, and remember that EVERYTHING is from him:) I am printing this one out!ReplyDelete
OK, I LOVE quesadillas!!!! This post made me crave them even more.... and now I might have to go out and get one. I am also on the hunt for a quesadilla maker.... lol. =)ReplyDelete
I could not agree with you more. God definitely cares about every detail in our lives. Furthermore, God uses all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes, so all those little things can ultimately bring glory and honor to Him. Certainly not coincidental or lucky.ReplyDelete
Great post! :0) Jen, Bath & Body Works has a great quesadilla maker...I however believe the "goodness" in the quesadilla isn't the maker, but the tortilla. Shawn's mother-in-law, Rosa, makes the best homemade tortillas--Juan gets mad when I visit because I LOVE them & make him share!!ReplyDelete