Do you ever have someone come to your mind in the middle of a day for no apparent reason? It may have even been a natural part of a succession of thoughts that led you to ponder this particular individual. Whatever the case may be, I want to let you know that there are reasons why this happens that far outweigh coincidence.
Lately, I’ve been making this line from the song “Holy Spirit” my prayer:
Let us become more aware of Your presence.
What does that mean? Well, for starters, it means recognizing that those “coincidental” and “random” thoughts aren’t so coincidental or random after all. When someone comes to my heart and mind, perhaps there is a reason. Call that person that is suddenly on your mind – maybe they need a reminder that someone cares, and through that, a realization that God sees them and cares for them. Send the message of thanks that suddenly inspires you – someone may desperately need to hear it. Invite that person you can’t get out of your head to church or Bible study – it may just save their life.
If you think that sounds dramatic, let me assure you that I’m not exaggerating. I know this because it happened to me. I’ve written before about how weekly Bible study literally saved my life, but it would never have been given that chance of salvation, had a friend of mine not followed a “random” thought. One of my faith heroes is a woman who barely knew me and yet followed an “inclination” to call me and invite me to a weekly Bible study she was holding. Out of that renewed study of God’s word and weekly meetings, God delivered me from a crippling spirit of fear and depression. It quite literally saved my life.
How sad I am when I think back on all the “random” thoughts that I dismissed as just that and wound up missing a chance to be used by God for His purposes. I am determined to let those missed opportunities become a thing of the past. The way to do that is to start listening more, become more aware of God’s presence, and then (the most important part) being obedient to do.
Today, stop and listen and then go. Do. Act on what you see, hear, and feel. Lives are waiting to be changed!