Early in my counseling career, I had a young man who sat down before me and said that I will only believe in God if he sits down and has lunch with me. For a brief moment, I wanted to reply that you know son God just doesn’t work that way. But what I told him is that you don’t have to wait for God to have lunch with you because he is right here right now willing to give you and let you partake of the last supper by accepting Christ for your sins and as your savior. The young man has just gotten some bad news about his beloved grandmother and was seeking help in coming to terms with mortality and his feeling of guilt for missing over ten years with his grandmother because of addiction.
What I have seen in counseling is that many people come in seeking a list of a few things that they can change and for someone to help tell them that everything would be ok. Well, that is not how the counseling process works and I am not God so it would be remiss of me to tell them that everything would be ok. You might say that this is rather harsh, but what I do tell people is that we can place our faith in God and HE will meet our needs and keep us safe. When we rely on God in all things we can fight the battles that come and we can also see God for who he is and can understand the depths of his grace and love for us.
The young man who came to see me that day went on a trip to the woods for a few days with other men from the program and when he got back he came walking into my office with a gigantic smile on his face. Before I could say anything he began telling me the story about how he did indeed have lunch with God. He has an encounter with the living God who had been on them move in his life by directing his to the mission and to a program built upon Christ.
God is always on the move in our lives. Often times we don’t see it because we get focused on the things not going our way. But God is there and he is in the midst of all of the victories and all of our troubles. The apostle Peter tells us that in the midst of trouble we can see the glorious face of Christ if we focus on him.
In this, you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:6–9
So today, I declare over your life that God is on the move in your life. As you go about your day stop looking down because things aren’t going the way you anticipated. Look up and say thank you, Jesus. Thank him for his love, grace, and mercy.
Remember that Brenda and I love you and that God does too. A special prayer for my sister in Christ, Lisa. You’re in our hearts and in our prayers.