I used to believe in coincidences and random chance, but now I know that God is always behind-the-scenes divinely arranging circumstances.
In the middle of winter about 3 years ago, a bunch of my friends and I decided to take a road trip from New York City to Kentucky for a business convention. Only 3 out of the 5 of us in the car were drivers, so we decided that we would each take a 4-hour driving shift.
When it was time for my shift, we were 4 hours outside of Louisville. I was still a bit sleepy when we stopped for gas, so my friend who just drove 4 hours offered to drive the rest of the way there. I didn't refuse his offer.
I love to drive and everything, but I love to sleep more 🙈.
We hit a snow storm as we approached Louisville, and the highway was very slippery. My friend who was driving was a racecar driver and got us there in perfect timing, but he had to slow down because of the snow.
And then our car started spinning in the middle of the highway.
I felt like I was in a movie and everything was going in slow motion. First, our car did a 180 and we were facing the cars headed straight at us. I tried to brace myself for the impact of what was about to happen next.
But we didn't stop spinning.
My friend maneuvered the car in such a way that we spun again and landed on the right shoulder of the highway. Oh. My. God.
My friend who was driving was so shaken that he got out the car and started pacing back and forth along the highway. The rest of us were just quietly thanking God that we didn’t get into an accident.
Or worse ... die.
You see, at the time of the road trip, I hadn't driven in a few years. Had I have been behind the wheel when the car started to spin, my first reaction would've been to stomp on the brakes.
You don't stomp on the brakes in the snow!
My friend knew better. He was a professional driver, and God divinely arranged our circumstance to have him be the one behind the wheel during the snowstorm.
What an experience.
Hindsight is 20/20. We don't always see the bigger picture until we look backward. But God is always at work arranging things for our benefit.
A few months ago, I was praying to God for direction for my life. I felt like a balloon tied to a string — full of life but nowhere to go. Now I realize I'm exactly where I need to be.
We were made to soar, but sometimes we must wait for the right timing to do what we were created to do. Even though we can't always see it, God is making provisions for us.
He's placing the right people in our lives, protecting us from unnecessary drama and heartbreak, and strengthening our faith. He's always at work.
In 1 Samuel 9, Saul, son of Kish, was sent by his father to find their lost donkeys. Being obedient, Saul took his servant and went to look for them. What Saul didn't know was that God had a plan for his life and was using the lost donkeys to eventually anoint him as king over Israel.
There was a bigger picture that he couldn't see yet.
"For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people." — Philippians 2:13-15
You may not always understand what God is doing, but there's always a bigger picture. There's always a greater purpose. You're exactly where you need to be.
Praise God that His timing is the best timing.
Have you ever had a situation where you knew without a doubt that only God could've orchestrated it? As always, I'd love to hear from you. Head on over to the discussions page on the blog, and I look forward to chatting with you :).
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You were born to do great things.