Reflecting on yesterday’s story…
Sometimes we only see in retrospect. All the ways God has been moving. Arranging a minute difference here. A divine appointment there.
Like George Bailey’s Uncle Billy, we may be riding high, proud to have achievement in our hands….then absentmindedly fold it into a newspaper – only to have it fall into the grasp of the greedy Thief. Who, like Mr. Potter, rocks back and gloats at our despair, performs a wheelchair jig scoffing at how we don’t see the whole picture, threatens us with smoke.
Only… sometimes… we think we can’t be sure. Especially after months and years. Is it only smoke?
And maybe, like George, we panic…
Unaware, God is behind, around and before us, setting impossibilities into motion we can’t even imagine. Both through us and for us.
Our behind-the-scenes-loving God. Working out each and every detail to fit and connect together like a beautiful master puzzle…one piece at a time.
And as I think of this now, it reminds me of watching Uncle Billy, rejoicing over the Bailey business triumph, not seeing his own hand slip the precious envelope into the newspaper.
Wanting to call out to the characters, NO! How, I as the audience know all that’s happening that George and Billy can’t yet see. It’s allright! Potter has it! George, you are covered in prayer! God is preparing and sending your answer! Potter is a liar and a thief!
But — it is in the not knowing what God is doing, that George eventually gains his most beautiful gift… discovering how his one little life has bolstered an entire town, saved lives, brought beauty out of ashes… for so many others as well as for he and his family.
Today… in this starlight season… what beautiful blessings might the God who sent His son to live in your heart, be setting forth in your life…ready to be unveiled? Take joy, He says…for I am ever with you…
The God of the Old Testament whose every move through history prepared the way from Adam to foreshadowing Jesus in the manger and on the cross to the day of heaven on the horizon…always behind the scenes.
The Holy One who is lifting us to believe, calling us to take the gift of Himself from the Father’s hands.
There is more going on behind the scenes than we know. Angels sent to surround us. His Spirit going ahead and behind us. Heavenly windows opening for more blessings planned, more healing coming, more provision.
Today… if life seems a bit teetery on the edge… be encouraged.
The Lord of the manger and the cross is moving mountains for you even now.
And you and I…like George… have a wondrous part to play.
By Divine appointment. 🙂
© Pam Depoyan