In the social media world, we all like to share our best sides. But when God shows up, even mistakes or missed opportunities are turned into blessings. Here’s one of mine.
Hi everyone, this is Michele, and welcome to Sabbath Café.
Most of the time, we like to share our “success stories”… Like when God answers our prayers or when life goes smoothly, and we live happily ever after! Those times are great, but honestly, most of the time, life doesn’t work out that way. Everyday life is messy. Most of the time, it’s not so clear cut. It’s not really black and white. There are many shades of gray. Often I don’t know if I’m hearing God or if it’s just my own thoughts. But you know, that’s all just part of life. As I found out this week… even when I don’t get things quite right, God will still make it a beautiful experience.
So this is what happened…
One afternoon, I was out running errands. I was driving along, and just had this thought… maybe I should take a left turn instead of a right turn as I normally do. And I just thought… taking a left turn would be… kind of out of my way. I was in a hurry. And I was thinking, “Why? That doesn’t make sense… Maybe it’s just my own thoughts… My adventurous side chiming in…” Some time that happens. And so I decided to ignore that, and kept driving along.
Sure enough, not a minute later, I came to a dead stop in this bumper to bumper traffic on a local street. Now it wasn’t really traffic hour…. so it was kind of weird why suddenly we’re kind of stuck. And I can feel people getting annoyed. I can feel the cars behind me getting impatient. Thankfully, I didn’t need to get somewhere at a certain time. So I just settled down, and follow the traffic. And about a couple of blocks down, I saw the problem. The traffic light went out at an upcoming intersection. Because it was out, every car had to stop – all 4 ways. And that’s what started the backup.
And that’s when I realized “Wow, if I had made a left turn back then… I would have just completely avoided this.” I even made a mental note to myself… that on my way back to take the other route… the longer route… so I can just bypass this whole mess.
Now what’s interesting is… if I had taken that left turn earlier, I would have avoided all this. And I’d never know that this route had problems. I would’ve drove to my destination with no issues, and thought to myself… “That was kind of weird… Was that just my own idea? What was that all about?” Because everything would have gone pretty smoothly.
It made me wonder… how often something like this have happened –where God was helping me out, and I had absolutely no idea.
I tend to look for “signs” to see if God is involved in my life…. And when I have a normal day where nothing special happens, I used to feel like God was aloof and not interested. But this whole experience showed me that God really is speaking… has been speaking… and is reaching out to me… even when I’m running errands, but I’m the one who didn’t see it.
And I think God is also teaching me about how He interacts with me in real life. It’s not a big deal to Him if I make a mistake. Everything really can be a learning opportunity, and His grace is big enough to turn my every mistake into a blessing.
So no matter what kind of week you’ve had, I hope you’ll also ask God to show you if He has any insights for you. He may turn your very ordinary day also into something extraordinary.
And that’s our podcast for this week. Thank you so much for listening. Have a wonderful week, and we’ll chat next time.