I am constantly in awe of the beauty of creation. This time of day is one of my favorites. To view the waves, the sunset, the nature and to consider how it looks and acts the way it does can be confounding.
A friend regularly calls me and arranges a time to get together – sometimes with a group of other men and sometimes just the two of us. Today was one of those times we got together. It’s a time where we drink coffee, catch up with life and our families, encourage each other and generally laugh a lot!
During our conversation my friend asked me about our finances. He knows our life story and knows the season of life we are currently experiencing. He knows we have stepped out in faith in a manner that is beyond his imagination (and sometimes ours)! As I shared with him some details and some of the crazy things that have happened to keep us going, I was quick to acknowledge I don’t believe at all it is a coincidence. I firmly believe that God has provided all we have, as we need it, when we need it and only what we need. My friend gets it. He understands. While he has never questioned our faith, I know he has wondered if it was genuine and real. I’m convinced God uses examples like this, uses our story to impact other lives. I know it has impacted my friend.
I don’t really believe in coincidences. Just as the sun rises and sets each day, I know God is in complete control. I’ve got to believe Jeremiah 29:11 – 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.”