At the Right Place and At the Right Time
July 13, 2019
I have wrestled for the longest time with my decision to move here to the desert. Most days I do not like it here. There are many reasons for this, one of them being a lack of community here. This has been the hardest place to make friends out of every place that I have lived. I had a moment earlier this week that amazed me. It happened two days ago at McDonalds.
We were having breakfast, and near the end when we were ready to leave, I heard a man in a deep voice call my name. My immediate thought was who was that, no one here knows my name. He introduced himself and it was one of the staffs at the apartment. We have gone to McDonalds more than 50 times over the last two years, but we have never seen anyone we know here. That moment felt special because someone said my name. God knows me, and He knows what energizes me. There was one more “God moment” and it also happened at McDonalds, this time it was Sunday evening earlier this week. On July 4th last week, I had these amazing bacon cheese fries for the first time. I was thinking to get it again, but they ran out. We ordered on the computer and so the manager came up to us to say they ran out. He says they can replace it with anything on the menu. I was wondering in my mind if the item has to be the same value as the fries and he said no, it can be anything. Rather than think too much about it, I ordered a Big Mac. That was the first time I think that has happened to me at McDonalds, and it was another moment where I felt God’s kindness, I could have gotten any item, even something of higher value. There is a verse I have been thinking of:
A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
This verse reminds me that God directs our steps and at the right place, and at the right time, He amazes us in the moments where He shows us His kindness. I was amazed twice this week both times at McDonalds but each time it was something different. This is especially meaningful to me because I have not had that many moments in this desert where I have sensed God’s goodness.
Father in heaven, thanks so much for the many ways You show up in our lives and show us Your kindness. I felt especially touched by Your kindness twice this week in different situations. Thanks so much for being near especially in a place where it is hard to find joy. Please open our eyes to how You are at work and please continue to show us Your kindness in very tangible ways.