Thursday, July 1, 2010

Nothing Coincidental

Daily Reading: Colossians 4:2-6

Everyday we have expectations of what will happen. Everyday things don't go exactly according to plan. Something happens even the smallest thing that puts us in a circumstance we weren't expecting. A worker doesn't show up for a job and you fill in because another person was overwhelmed, visiting a loved one in a hospital and having to search for a bathroom further away from their room than the one you usually visit and you end up helping another visitor figure out how to turn a chair into a bed, and receiving a surprise delivery of flowers that was left with the neighbor because you weren't home which gave them joy and a nice visit with you.

In just one day all three of these things happened to me. In all these instances God used me to help others. Nothing gigantic or monumental but little things that made another person's life easier. God places us into situations where we can choose to help our fellow people or we can just keep going on our merry way. I didn't have to help the overwhelmed worker (not my job), I didn't have to help figure out the chair (I had never even used one before), I didn't have to visit with the neighbor (I could have collected the flowers & then hurried back home with a simple thank you or less).

God places us into positions to help but he doesn't make us help. He leads us to the water but he doesn't force us to drink it. Instead of thinking what a good deed we have done for someone else we should thank him for the little opportunities he tests us with so that we will recognize the bigger tests when they come along as being from him rather than the coincidences that we see so often.

Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.(NIV)

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