I think most of us were taught to view life through a lens where [ cause = effect ] or in other words, your efforts usually lead to your rewards.
Think back to school…how hard you studied was reflected in the grade you received.
Fast forward to when you’re out of school, work hard, contribute to the overall company mission, give a 110%…you make a decent living, buy a nice house, and add something to your 401k each month.
Sure the journey can be easier when blessed with gifts and talents, but even blessings bear the weight of stewardship which requires making sound choices in our use of those talents and gifts.
If not careful our education and the culture we become a part of leads us to believe we are self-made, which if unchecked, feeds our pride and inflates our egos in such a way we begin to believe we had no Spiritual help along the way. At some point in life there comes a time when we are forced to acknowledge those circumstances and the timing that was out of our control. Some say timing is a by-product of trust, and others believe fate is the result of faith. Life at its simpliest level comes down to a choice about what we believe and Who we believe in.
A God Wink is …an event or experience, often identified as coincidence, so astonishing that it could only have come from God…answered prayer.
I have a hard time seeing what God is doing in my life because I’m so caught up in doing life, and as a result I miss a lot of what should be evident. But having people in my life who know me and know God in their own personal way are quick to share with me what I fail to see. Another huge factor was when my Pastor at Buckhead Church shared his thoughts on what he called “connecting the dots”, something when done with the help of those friends illustrates the picture God is painting in my life. The first thing you must do is pause, my One Word for 2011, at specific points of time each year to review where you’ve been and where you’re going. Basically for me it comes down to a simple question, am I in sync with God in the 5 F’s of my life, Faith-Family-Friends-Finances-Fitness? Sometimes the picture is crystal clear and I can see exactly where I’m going, and at other times only part of the picture is clear and that’s where your friends come in as God uses them to highlight some of the dots.
For example, this snapshot in time Family, Friends, and Finances are as clear as any other time in my life, but test results are painting a cloudy, obscure picture in the Fitness category…which causes me to pause and remember I’m not alone and my Heavenly Father wants me to Trust Him period and to place my Faith in Him and take comfort in the promise He is with me and Shari.
A God Wink is … a message of reassurance coming when you most need it: when you’re at a crossroads in your life, and when instability is all around. It might be said, in fact, that coincidences are the best way for God to establish a perpetual presence in your life.
2 Key Starting Points
- Are you too close to the situation and to see what’s going on right in front of you? Remember that God uses people close to us and close to the situation to reveal what you may not see.
- Are you too busy reacting and counteracting the environment that is your world or the crises you’re facing that you miss the signs God provided to guide your steps?
John 14:16-17 (NIV)
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
If you believe God lives in you then God Winks are a way to have confirmation that God’s at work in your life…and those closest to you will see it…Ask them!
If you believe God lives in you and you take the time to connect the dots you will begin to see how God Winks can act as road signs and guardrails along the way…Pay attention and be amazed!
Next post I’ll connect some of my dots….and highlight a few of my God Winks!
trusting God Period!
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