When God Shows Up
by Mikal Dawn
by Mikal Dawn
I consider myself an Israelite. I’m one of those people who would have been wandering the desert for forty years because I kept forgetting what God did for me, and I’d be a grumbling, manna-eating-and-
This year has been one big reminder, over and over again, of God’s love for me. He has used others to encourage me, and spoke into others, directing them to do something extremely selfless for me. It’s been humbling, and has often brought me to tears.
In August, I was down in Nashville at a conference. The Lord used very dear friends to get me there. Then He showed up. He was there when I received the appointments I needed. He was there in each person I met and each relationship built. He was there when I was sitting, waiting for an appointment with a specific person to open up. He was there when He led another person to give me her appointment with that specific person. And He was there during these appointments and looked down on me with favor.
He was also there while I was flying. (I’m not a flyer.)
Since I arrived back home, I’ve been wondering why. Why me? Why did He give me these opportunities and not others? Why did He give me the story He did, and the talent to write it? Why?
Don’t most of us feel that way when something good happens to us? We tend to lean one of two ways: either we believe we deserve all the good that comes our way, or we question why our undeserving souls are blessed and provided for. I admit, I’m in that second camp. But the answer is clearly laid out in God’s Word.
We are undeserving. “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10, ESV). But God is full of mercy and grace. “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:10a, ESV). He loves us, truly loves us, and wants His best for us. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, ESV).
It’s good for us to recognize that we’re most undeserving of all God’s gifts—including the gift of salvation. It makes these gifts all the sweeter. But don’t overlook the gifts we’re given—from the big
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4:16, ESV).