Whenever one of our daughters phones us, her first words are always, ‘It’s me!’ Immediately, we know who it is. But as last week unfolded for me, I made the momentous discovery that God often says the same thing! It was as if God was whispering, over and over again, ‘It’s me! It’s me! Did you see my hand in that little event? Can you sense my love for you through this one? Open your eyes and ears—all around you, I’m working for your good! It’s me, reaching out to you! It’s me!’
Here are some examples:
- Our daughter lost a big, silver ring she was wearing, as she helped me clean up after my book launch. ‘Perhaps it got caught in a plastic bag we put in the bin!’ was her anguished late night phone message. By then, the rubbish had been taken to our outside bin, so I promised to check next morning. I went out, picked up the first messy bag and carefully began examining one delightful piece of rubbish after another. And just as I had decided the task was impossible, there in the midst of crumbs and dollops of cream, I saw that silver ring, with its large, yellow stone glinting in the morning sun!
- A writer friend phoned from another state, asking if I knew the contact details for a particular staff member at a bookstore. At that exact moment, I was halfway through an email to this staff member myself! It had taken me some time to find out how to contact this person, yet just when my friend asked, the information was right in front of me.
- I received two lovely, encouraging emails from friends who had finished reading my newly released book, Becoming Me. Both said they were about to read it again slowly, to give them time to highlight things they needed to remember and apply to their own lives.
- I was cross with our very tired grandson who wanted more lollies and let my feelings be known. I then noticed his little sister, looking up at me with her big, brown eyes. ‘Are you okay?’ she asked in a gentle voice, at all of two and half years of age. My heart melted.
- I arrived to speak at a women’s breakfast at a church. As I sat down, I recognised the lady opposite me—we had met several years ago at a conference and I remembered how she loved my books. ‘I still pray for you, Jo-Anne,’ she told me quietly. ‘You are on a list of people I pray for often.’ Had I not come to speak or chosen to sit near her, I might never have discovered this.
- I walked down our backyard. Yes, I could see lots of weeds—but there were flowers too and new growth and a refreshing breeze blowing and blue sky and birds twittering nearby. God was there, all around me and so near.
So this week, I plan to watch for more of those ‘It’s me!’ moments from God and be grateful for each one. Will you do that too?
Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. Psalm 34:8 The Message