Friday, March 09, 2012

Finding God in the Details

Last weekend the Putmans punched what my husband calls our crazy card. We left Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m., drove to Jekyll Island, Georgia -- a 14 hour drive for those keeping track, and arrived at 1 p.m. on Friday. Then we left Sunday night and arrived home at 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.


But what you do when life is as scheduled -- dare I say over-scheduled -- as ours.

What does this to do with finding God in the details?

As we drove home late Monday night, we passed the Henryville, Indiana exit. An exit that was blocked with barricades and a state patrol car.  Trees were uprooted along the Interstate -- even with the few I could see in the dark, my heart broke again for those wiped out by the storm.

Then it hit me. We could have been in the middle of the storm. If we'd left at 1 p.m. on Friday like we'd discussed, then we would have hit southern Indiana as the storm gathered its fury. And then I wondered: how many stories like that will we hear? Moments, decisions, actions that changed outcomes. Now, in our situation, I don't think that decision was earth-shattering, but it did make our trip much smoother. We sat out tornado warnings in a comfortable house on Jekyll Island rather than dodging through the system on Friday.

Again I'm reminded that God is active in our lives. I wonder how very many times He's moving and influencing and we just don't recognize His presence. My prayer is that my eyes would be open more and more to see those intersections.

Even as I pray about how to help the communities affected by the storm. While I may not understand why things happen the way they do, I'm increasingly aware of the way God is in the details. How have you seen God move in or intersect your life lately?


Jonah said...

Two years ago my husband was driving back through Montana from Seattle on a two lane highway. The car in front of him slowed way down and eventually stopped. My husband was about to go around him, when he noticed why the guy in front of him had stopped: a small tornado was ripping through the trees and onto the road right in front of them! It continued across the road and kept going on the other side. The two of them got out of their cars (along with the drivers of the other cars that were now stopped behind them) and worked together to clear the road of all the tree limbs that were now strewn across the pavement before continuing on their way.

Talk about timing!

Rachel said...

It's amazing how God works!! I can't even begin to count how many times He has redirected my course only for me to later find out it had saved my life or opened my eyes other dangers (or blessings!!). We must always remember to praise Him for those times!!

Marianne said...

Traveling on any of our roads at 50 to 75 miles an hour only inches from other vehicles going in the same direction as we, or opposite, and so many times does God use His Hands to keep us safe? i have an awesome story on that...
Glad you are safe


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