What a picture we must have made when our friend Glennis walked into our first home in Redcliffe, Queensland. We had just bought our first home and my wife was sitting in a rocking chair, pregnant and ready to deliver soon. My four-year-old son was sitting on his small plastic red chair. I was sitting on the floor with a guitar case between us all using it as our table. A pizza box was open on the guitar case for our first meal, in our first home we had just moved into that day.
“Come on in and join us,” I said, when Glennis peeked into the open front door. We all began to laugh as she came and sat beside us on the floor and we feasted as only first time home buyers can do while thinking, “It isn’t much, but it’s ours.” Eph. 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Early the next morning there was a knock at the door and Glennis is saying, “Come and help me with this.” There she was with her small car and trailer, bringing us a 1950’s Formica table with chrome legs and border, plus three mismatched chairs. She said that she had brought them from her parents’ place, with their blessing, where the table and chairs were in storage.
We brought this incredible gift into the kitchen and we rejoiced at the wonder of it all. That morning I saw God in Glennis and in the shiny chrome jewel of provision. I knew in my heart that I had just seen God and everything was going to be well with us. Thank you, Glennis, you’re a real “sista” and mate. Psalm 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visits him.
I was enjoying the very presences of God. God and I were both admiring this small pencil drawing and I could not separate God from the awe I was feeling. Gen. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. Just before I left the museum that day I went back to see the Renoir one more time, and again it held me and filled me with clean and pure joy. I saw God that day and knew He was for me. Merci Monsieur Renoir. Jer. 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
I sometimes see God in the way a mother carries her child on her hip and they are giggling at each other, or a dad softly consoling his son as they walk off the field after a hard loss. When I am holding hands with my wife, or listening to the waves crash on the rocks. God is in that song that brought you to a place where you sang along in joy no matter what it sounded like to others.
God is in the first words your children ever spoke, or in the tug on your heart when you wiped away your child’s tears. God is there, saying, “I am for you.” The Lord is not some kill-joy trying to mess up every idea you get. On the contrary, most likely it is the Lord who gave you the blessed idea in order to help you become the person He created you to be. Yes, God is there and He will never leave you nor forsake you. Haggai 1:13 Then spake Haggai the LORD’S messenger in the LORD’S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD. I saw God on many occasions and in different events this week. Thank you, Lord, for being there.