“The lot is cast into the lap, but it’s every decision is from the LORD.” – Proverbs 16:33 (ESV)
I was talking with my neighbor the other day and he told me a story that I have been thinking about ever since he told it to me. As I have thought about it more and more, I have found myself getting excited over God’s amazing providence and finding rest and peace in it as well.
He told me a friend of his, who is an older lady, has horses on her property that she raises. Not long ago, one of her horses ended up stepping on her foot and hurt it pretty badly. She went to have it set at the hospital and as the anesthesiologist was preparing to put her under anesthesia he found something wrong. He told the doctors and immediately another surgery was scheduled to remove the cancerous tumor in her throat.
My neighbor told me that his friend is the type person that won’t go to the doctor unless it is completely necessary and unavoidable. Well, the horse stepping on her foot made the doctor unavoidable. Since then, the doctors have removed the cancer in her throat and found cancer other places and removed those as well. The lady is doing well, even better than before the horse stepped on her foot!
I have been thinking how awesome God is to seemingly, from our point of view, “intervene” in our lives when we think nothing is wrong and save us from the things that could kill us. The whole time God was working everything out in her life, whether we admit or not. He didn’t just step in for the moment to take care of her, even when it may seem like it to us. But God is always present, always active, and completely sovereign in the works of His creation. When we get a glimpse of His providence we need not pass it up like it is nothing, but we should praise God for His care, and His awesome plan over His creation.
How have you seen God act providentially in your life lately? Tell someone. Glorify God in the telling and encourage someone with what He has done in your life!