Have you ever stood, gape-jawed, the images in front of you blurring, heart rhythm slowing, to take in the goodness of God? That happened to me yesterday. I am stunned at the amazing lengths He goes to. Just to show us He cares. Deeply.
The story happened in two parts. Three parts really. The first part happened early yesterday morning. My husband and I have been rising early to spend some time together and pray for our day. We prayed for the kids, for our daughter’s choir performances at the local elementary schools, for our kids to be able to see each other, and for all the audiences to be blessed by the choir.
The second part came to pass when I picked our son up from school. I was a little bit late. I had been delayed at work, and felt rushed and apologetic. I do not like to be late, whether I have a good reason or not. I don’t like it. My son met me with smiles and a hug.
“Mom! I got to see Emma sing today!” Huge toothy grin. Huge.
“She didn’t see me until the third song. But I never gave up. (Pause). I kept waving at her until she saw me.” Deeply satisfied smile. He is really, really glad. I am sensing that this is a big deal for him.
“Wow, Buddy! I am so glad you got to see her. I can tell you really enjoyed seeing Emma at your school!”
And we left to pick up carpool at the middle school.
And the rest of the story unfolded.
“Mom my feet are killing me they hurt so bad do I have to go to dance tonight I’m just so tired I need some quiet those elementary schools are so loud…”
I interrupt, “Caden says he saw you today! How did that go?”
“Yeah! When I heard that only the fourth and fifth grades would be at the assemblies, I was pretty sad.”
“My teacher said only fourth and fifth graders were going to see the choir. I almost cried I was so sad.” (Caden)
“Our bus arrived late. And our schedule got pushed back.” (Emma)
“My class was the ONLY class besides the entire fourth and fifth grades that got to see the choir.” (Caden)
(Silence. I am stunned at what is unfolding.)
“We were in music class. And since the music teacher was a part of the assembly, we got to go! Only my second grade class got to go!”
It is sinking in. My eyes tear up and I say to the kids, “Jesus held the bus. He made sure you both could see each other. HE LOVES YOU BOTH SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!”
I think of all the times I have been delayed by whatever extraneous circumstance and my heart expands. Wisdom from heaven manifests. Oh, how He loves. Everything is possible with Him.
I see Caden in the back seat of the car, practically tackling Emma with the love in his heart. We are home by now, but none of us has exited the car. We are all just soaking in the Love.
Emma finished the story with more of God:
“At the old folks’ home, there were a few people who couldn’t come downstairs to hear us sing, so several of us found them and went to them. We sang to them. That was my favorite.”
Scripture flew around my head.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17 ESV)
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 ESV)
I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. (Psalm 9:2 ESV)
He will change stoplight patterns, soften hardened schedules, laugh at the plans of humanity, delay buses, call mere children to voice His Love. He stops at nothing to find us and sing over us. Oh, Relentless God! You are so worthy of all praise. All Glory belongs to You!
Look for God’s goodness. You won’t have to look very far. He is closer to us than our very breath. Within Him, we live and move and have our being.
Praying the Peace of Christ over you and yours,