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Watch for God by Janet Hill

We don't talk about seeing God in our every day lives very often. But God is all around us and when we take the time to look we can appreciate the loving care God provides. In VBS each day, children are asked to share about a "God Sighting" they have had. Sometimes, God sightings are easy to identify. I can remember teaching a recent missions class. I had invited a woman, Isabella, who was a new English language learner to come to class and share. She was nervous about doing so. She was nervous about if the children would understand her, so she brought her daughter who had grown up speaking both English and Spanish. But mostly, she was nervous about sharing her story. 

She had left her home country eighteen years earlier and had only been home once, last sumer. Tears streamed down her face and her voice caught as she shared with the children what it was like to come to a new country and leave behind those she loved and a country and home she loved. She had chosen to do so because she knew it would mean a new opportunity for her family. It was difficult. As her eyes filled with tears, a young kindergartener in the first-row impulsively stood up, approached Isabella, and said, "Do you need a hug?" That was a God sighting for sure! God's love spilled out of this young child as she embraced a stranger whose heart was aching for what she had sacrificed in order to come to our Country.

Today's Bible story is about the Israelites crossing the Red Sea and wandering through the desert. The Israelites soon became discontent and longed for what they knew as home. They grumbled that they had no fresh water. God provided them with fresh water. They grumbled that they did not have enough to eat. God heard their grumbling, and provided Manna, as in the picture above. Each morning the ground would be white and they would gather in baskets what they needed to survive just that day. Each evening, God would send quail so they would also have meat. Yet, some tried to hoard extra food, only to find it filled with maggots and rotting the next morning. At each turn, instead of seeing with gratitude that God was working, the people focused on what they didn't have. Or, thought that they knew better than God.

We too fail to see God working in and around us every day. Often our hearts forget to be grateful and instead settle into a selfish complaining about what we perceive as a hardship. That especially happens when life changes in ways we weren't expecting or wanting. Today's Bible point is "when life changes...God is good." We can look to God when life changes and watch for ways God is guiding us, loving us, and providing for us. We look for reminders of God's strength, presence, and love. What's your latest God sighting? Take a moment and thank God for his provision.

Posted by Janet Hill at 6:00 AM
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