After I finished the prayer with this young woman, my student, there was just a glimmer of a smile on her face, and I knew without a doubt that this was a "God appointment" and that I had played my part perfectly, helping her in a some small way, although I still don’t understand how it helped. I just knew that the answer to this problem would be found, not by my own flawed, human logic, but by turning to my limitlessly loving and boundlessly wise God. He would know what to do in this circumstance, and He would understand the heart and mind of this person in front of me and know exactly what I needed to do or say to help this person. Although I may not understand how important my simple daily acts of kindness to strangers fit into the big picture of God’s plan for me, for all those people around me, or for all humanity in every corner of the globe throughout history, I know that He knows and that He is in control.
God knows how it all fits into His grand tapestry, into His plans for each individual person, into his plans for the larger groupings of people in the ever-expanding concentric social circles all the way up to the level of nations and alliances of nations. I cannot grasp how great His thoughts or His plans are. He is so far above us. But I know from His enlightenment of my ignorance that He has infinitely transcendent thoughts which are incomprehensible to my limited human mind and my limited perspective. I just know that I need to look to Him for guidance for how I will fit into His plans, and I listen for His “still, small voice” to guide me into the steps for my small part of His grand tapestry of plans for humanity and history.
And that “still small voice” always comes in the form of an idea, a thought, or maybe words to speak, which just pop into my mind out of the blue in perfect form and perfectly relevant to the situation. It has happened so many times that I have figured out the pattern in which God speaks to me, and I know that it is Him speaking to me in His mysterious spiritual way. Over the years, I have heard reports from many people who say that they have heard His voice audibly in certain situations, such as happened to the young Samuel as told in scripture (1 Samuel 3). I have never had that experience, but I certainly know enough not to judge anyone else’s experience with or service to God (Romans 14:4-6).
I pray that God will bless your day with His loving presence and fill you with His strength to face whatever trials you may encounter.