Reason to Trust #16 [Caroline]

Caroline WoodAge: 40 // Favourite Food: A yummy healthy salad. // Dream Job: I’m already in my dream job… it’s to see my kids love God, to see them serve in His house, to change a generation that will see all future generations in our family loving and serving our God. // Current Season: A season of calling in Harvest. // Met Jesus: 1993 in a prison cell (I’ll save this for another blog) // Favourite Verse:  Romans 5:20 – “Where sin abounds the grace of God abounds all the more.”

Every day I’m reminded of how amazing God is, that He is present in all of the little things. You just can’t orchestrate some of the things that happen, it simply has our creator’s finger prints all over them!  We can try and control/plan out how our day, is to unfold, but the bible clearly says in Proverbs 16:9 – “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”

God is in the business of positioning us in the right place at the right time. My hubby & I are pastors in our church and every week we run a night where anyone new to church can come along visit and be connected with other people in our church. This particular week, was a challenging week. I was new in the job, I had done a lot of phone calling and quite honestly I didn’t know if anyone was going to turn up that night!

I was frustrated; I was questioning God in my role. So the night begins and two couples walk in, almost one after the other. In walks a lady from another country and her partner, she was a new Christian who had just given her life to God the week prior.  Then a couple from our church walk in & the two couples look at each other – the international visitor puts her hand over her mouth in shock, the husband of the couple from our church grabs her hands, speaks to her in her native language and she starts to cry.

It unfolds that this man several years ago, while living in overseas, had given this lady a bible.  Here she is several years later, having just given her life to God in our country, meeting the man who gave her a bible in her homeland! Out of all of the people, out of all the churches, out of all the hundreds of groups meeting in our church, He puts these two people together! 

So I was reminded again that in his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. God loved this lady so much that He wanted to show her, that her decision wasn’t a mistake. He wanted to show her that He is a God who loves, who knows exactly what we need at exactly the right moment.  And if that wasn’t enough, He then choses to minister to me!

At the same time He was able to show me through this moment, that nothing is a mistake, nothing is wasted. He is in control of everything.  He is in all of the little things.

So I am reminded to start each day by holding out my hand and saying “Here I am God, lead me, guide and use me!” 

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