Thursday, August 8, 2013

Grand Design

I saw the Mighty Orchestrator at work first-hand last night. I've seen Him in the details of things before, but this left me a gasp.

A group of very sweet ladies from a local congregation came out on a busy Wednesday night to fellowship and hear an encouraging word. The event was being hosted at a neighboring church in a bustling downtown area. Moments before we were scheduled to begin, a woman came in looking somewhat surprised.

"I'm here to drop off something to one of the men who work here." she explained. "What's going on?" I explained we were having a ladies fellowship night and invited her to stay.

None of this seemed unusual to me at the time. She accepted the offer, made a plate of snacks and within moments we began the program. Everything flowed smoothly. I said what I felt God led me to say, and before I knew it, our evening was drawing to a close.

I made a point to find the woman in the crowd to ask if she had enjoyed the event. She was beside herself. When I asked if she was okay, she began to share a bit of her story. Years prior, she had worked in that very building. It wasn't a church at the time, and the memories were painful and taunting. She pointed out areas of the building, explained what they used to be used for and how she had suffered great persecution there. Humiliation, mockery, judgement... all because she was a woman of faith.

"I didn't even want to have to come here." she explained, "The memory of this place is so painful. But God showed up and restored me through this event tonight."

I was speechless.

"He brought me to the place of a deep hurt and used your words to heal my wounds. I don't think I would have accepted the message if I hadn't been sitting right where it all happened."

Who does that but God?

We were all there for different reasons. A word of encouragement. A reminder to stay focused. A few hours just for us. But little did we know, God had orchestrated an event to minister to this sweet woman's heart. Being a God of the details, He knew exactly where and when she would allow Him to whisper into her heart. He healed her brokenness and encouraged her to pursue Him with abandon.

I don't know how this ministers to you today but I, for one, needed the fresh perspective. God is in the details of our lives. He has a grand design that stretches the globe yet determines how we spend a Wednesday night. How amazing is that?!

Are you allowing God to work out His grand design in your life? Do you recognize His craftsmanship? Or do you chalk things up to coincidence or even chance? Believer, He is busy in the details of your life! If He will gather a group of women and bring a speaker half way across the country just to draw an unexpecting daughter closer to Him, what will He do in your life? What is He doing that you may not see? Together, let's pray that God open our eyes to His grand design.

Be blessed,

"But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations." Psalm 33:11


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