An Awesome God

June 11, 2018
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Jeremiah 29:11 – "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (NIV)

Almost two decades ago, a young girl from Zimbabwe won a scholarship to study at a university in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This was quite an accomplishment, and she was understandably very excited. However, three weeks before she was scheduled to leave her homeland, her mother died suddenly. This devastated Busi, since she had just lost her father two years earlier.

Nevertheless, even though she knew no one in Canada, she left her homeland and flew half-way around the world. She stopped here in Toronto on a Sunday, and since her stopover provided the time, she came to church and happened to sit next to my wife. After the service, my wife spoke to her and invited her to join us for lunch. We learned that she was a cousin of the wife of Dr. Paul Thistle. Paul had been a young person at our church, a good friend of our children, and we had had him and his Zimbabwean-born wife in our home many times. What a "coincidence"!

Suddenly, rather than being a frightened young girl, far from home, knowing nobody, Busi felt comfortable feeling that she knew somebody. In fact, she adopted us as her "grandparents", and until my wife's death in 2016, she relied heavily on her for guidance.

Skeptics would say that the circumstances that brought my wife and Busi together that Sunday morning were just a series of coincidences. But Busi said, "This morning, I was a frightened girl, not knowing what was going to happen to me, but God had a grandma ready for me that I didn't even know about. We certainly have an awesome God." And Grandma didn't even know that she was the chosen one! What a "co-incidence"!

We gave Busi a reverse-calling card so that she could telephone us regularly from Winnipeg, which she did at least weekly. The following August, on the anniversary of her mother's death, I answered the telephone to hear Busi crying. Eventually, I told her that I couldn't help her but that she should talk with Grandma. I heard Grandma say that she should settle down since she understood. Her own mother had died when she was eight years old, and she had cried herself to sleep every night for three months. The next thing I knew, they were both laughing. Grandma could empathize in a way that I could not. What a "coincidence" that God knew that Busi would need someone to empathize with her so many years after He had allowed my wife's mother to take sick and die suddenly. A coincidence, or part of God's provision?

You may, like me, struggle with the question of God's timing. We are bound by minutes, hours, and days, while God operates without time restraints. I strongly believe that God has a plan for each of us that He works out in His time, not ours.

You may be a skeptic who thinks that life is a series of coincidences. I prefer to follow Busi's statement that we have an awesome God. I believe what Paul writes:

Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (KJV)

Prayer: Father, help us to reject the temptation to be skeptical. Enable us to have the faith to understand and believe that we have an awesome God. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Beautiful story.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

    What a wonderful message Thank you.

    We serve an awesome God. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you. I too believe that we have an awesome God!

    Thank you, Vincent, for sharing Busi’s story with us. Blessings.

    Amen Vincent, and indeed we do!

    Hi, Thanks for the devotional thought. Pretty cool. Thanks.

    That was such a nice story about your wife and Busi’s relationship.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Walter – thank you for sharing this heartwarming story and reminding us that with God, there are no coincidences – only His grace. God Bless you.

    Thank you, Walter, for sharing this story. I love to hear how God is working in people’s lives. God incidences I call them. Blessings and have a great week.

    If we only remember and believe six words, let them be “With God, all things are possible.”

    Thank you for sharing this lovely God Incident. God’s hand is all over it. God incidents a minister I knew called them. We serve an amazing God and no detail is too small for Him.

    Dear Vincent,
    What an inspiring devotion from you today. God is truly awesome.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Hi Vincent,
    Read your excellent devotional this morning. It is amazing how things work at times.

    Thank you for another beautiful devotional. I believe, as you do, that God provides in ways that people who don’t know Him well would consider coincidence rather than the providence that they are.

    Great story. A few times per year I make a copy of the daily devotional and this will be one of them.
    I would like to take it to session, read it aloud and see if we can have a discussion about how awesome our God is and how He works out His plan for our lives. I personally have nothing so story worthy, but
    little experiences show me how often God is working out His plan in my life.
    Thank you.

    Excellent devotional
    I have been a Christian but have backslid for a while and now back on the Narrow Path. What a blessing it is to be in God’s good graces again. I met a Pastor from a local Presbyterian church on Facebook by accident. I had recently lost my mother and when I was talking to him he told me that he would pray for my mom in the Prayer service. I thought that was very compassionate of him to do that. After all he didn’t even know me. So next Sunday my wife and I will start going to his church. Amazing how God works things out.
    Today was the first day reading the PresbyCan devotionals and I look forward to reading them each and every day in The future. May God bless you and keep you and sorry for the loss of your wife.
    God Bless.

    Thank you for your message. It was perfect timing on God’s part for my present situation. I can become impatient but He is so loving that He will see me through my troubles. I thank Him for sending me your message. God bless.

    I am enjoying every one of these devotionals. I so wish we lived closer!! I think I am going to adopt you as my facebook grampa since we have never met but there is just something in my heart and soul that I somehow feel connected to you. Does that make sense??? I have read all of them but 4.
    Thanks so much for sharing!!!!
    God bless you, God’s ray of sunshine!!


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