At this writing I am working on a project for ALME. It involves our Tears In A Bottle poem and while I am not an artist, it entails painting several golden tears on paper. While struggling to get the tears to look just so, I put my ipod on to keep me company as I labored. I turned it to one particular section of music that I don’t very often listen to. The first song to come on was one of my favorites, “There Will Be A Day” by Jeremy Camp. It is about the promise contained in Revelation 21:4, that there will one day be no more pain, nor sorrow nor tears. One of the two scriptures that is in Tears In A Bottle! I gave thanks for the encouragement, then continued on with renewed confidence that I would be successful in my efforts.
The next day in the car with our son, I was sharing about the project and getting his feedback. Sometimes the vision for ALME can seem pretty improbable, if not impossible by earthly standards, so I decided to tell him the story of the song from the night before that his faith might be bolstered as well. Just as I had the first sentence out of my mouth, a familiar tune came on the radio. “There Will Be A Day” was playing again!
Now, some would say that this was just a fluke. They would believe that the song playing twice at just the right moment was a matter of happenstance. But I believe the Lord was cheering me on. That He was trying to tell me not to become discouraged and give up or quit. That He wants me to persevere. With the God of the universe encouraging me, how can I turn back?
Have you ever run into just the right person at just the right time? Or heard a message or a song that exactly fit your circumstances? Have you had a friend come to mind, and called them to learn that they had a need for prayer? Have you received such a call yourself? Sometimes God speaks to us in unusal and creative ways. When something happens and your heart quickens and excitement comes, it is surely more than just a coincidence.
Judges 6:17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me
Job 33:14 But God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap , if we faint not.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.