When you need God to show you he cares

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“Do you think you can explain the mystery of God?
    Do you think you can diagram God Almighty?
God is far higher than you can imagine,
    far deeper than you can comprehend,
Stretching farther than earth’s horizons,
    far wider than the endless ocean. Job 11:7-9 (MSG)

He met God on a beach in Cape Town. 

Homeless, Gavin found himself digging his feet into the sand, while his hands fingered the only possession he owned: a crack pipe. He had the clothes on his back and this one crack pipe. 

At 27, he had been a crack addict for 10 years. Most of the people he had shared drugs with were dead; many he had seen take their last breaths before stealing their stash and running out the door. 

He listened to the water shifting the sand and then he heard his own voice asking God to show him if he existed.

Gavin got up off that beach, or he stayed there and fell asleep, I am not really sure what happened next. 

I do know that a short while later a lady met him and invited him to go to rehab. He had been to rehab more times than most of us make it to gym, but for some reason he said, “Yes, I’ll try one more time.” 

He stood, fumbling one of the holes on his dirty t-shirt, in the office of the rehab and let words about how he could not pay fall out his mouth. 

He was still speaking when the rehab phone rang. 

Silencing him the administrator answered the call. After listening for a short time, she turned to Gavin and said, “It’s for you!” 

Gavin took the phone, and a person he had never met – but who knew his name – told him that he would like to pay for his rehab. 

That is a mystery. That is God. 

I do not mean it was actually God on the other end of the phone asking for Gavin. I know it wasn’t. But to me this mystery has the finger print of a God who is there, who cares about me, a crack-addict, and you, written all over it. 

I love how God shows up when we least expect it, and reminds us that we are worth his attention. (tweet this)

My mind cannot comprehend a Being who can gather the wind in the hollow of hands, or wrap the waters in his cloak, and still care enough to give me the grace I need to make it through Monday. 

My intellect cannot grasp a Deity that calls the stars in the sky by name, commands the morning, and yet numbers the hairs on my head. 

How a God whose eyes shoot the rays of dawn, and whose breath exhales light, cares about the troubles in my life is beyond comprehension.**

A Holy Being who embraces the entire universe in the span between his index finger and thumb. And finds time to sit beside an addict on the beach. Or create rainbows and write love songs just for me. 

God is a mystery. At least, he is to me. (tweet this)

Ponder: In what ways is God a mystery to you?

Prayer: God, open my eyes to the mystery of who you are. Meet me today in a way that only you can and surprise me with wonder. 

** These are all descriptions of God found in the Bible. Good starting points for such descriptions are: Proverbs 30:4 or Job 40 – 41. Also see Psalms 8:3, 139 and 147.

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