Do you ever just get surprised by the goodness of God? I know I do!
All my life, I have longed for adventure, dreaming of far-off places and different cultures. I’ve loved history and adore languages, and though I’ve seen a lot of the world, I always want to see more.
I have a husband, four kids, a limited budget, a job, a home to take care of…..and a number of other things that make traveling impractical, if not impossible.
In fact, to be honest, there were a few things on my “bucket list” that I had sort of checked off as “never gonna happen.”
Then I saw this:
And, as silly as it sounds, I pretty much burst into tears. I couldn’t believe I was standing in London and seeing sights I’ve read about all of my life.
It was a beautiful, spring day, and I spent it walking along the Thames and catching train after train, trying to see as much as I could in 5 hours or less.
As my time was growing short, I could see the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, but I didn’t know how to get to it so I just enjoyed my walk and tried to be thankful for every site I’d already seen.
Then I turned to cross the Millennium Bridge to head back to the Underground and head back to Heathrow.
I looked up and right before my eyes was the church I’d watched over and over again on the VHS tape of Mary Poppins as a child.
With just enough time to walk around it and hop on a train, I knew the unplanned route I’d taken had been carefully laid out by the Lord.
Because He is good, y’all.
And sometimes that goodness just sneaks up and surprises us, doesn’t it?
But it shouldn’t.
His word tell us over and over again how good God is. We just don’t always believe it. Sure, in the grand scheme of things, we know He’s good, but in the day-to-day details of our lives?
- He’s good.
- He’s involved.
- He gives good gifts to his children.
Standing on that bridge, looking up at St. Paul’s, I was surprised by his goodness to me because my desire didn’t seem that important. Whether I got to check the cathedral off my list couldn’t matter that much.
But it mattered to me.
How many times have you taken care of a little detail that mattered to one of your children but not to anyone else? Why? Why do you care if the guy at the doughnut shop hands you the one with the pink sprinkles?
Because your kids do.
“And if you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)
God is good to his children, fulfilling their desires with good things.
After all, “If you delight yourself in the Lord, he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
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