Jim gets up before anyone else is awake, as he leaves for work quite early. Usually when I get up later he's in the living room with his coffee and his bible, the house still quite and still. This morning when I came down, he was sitting in his usual spot, but there was loud music coming from the kitchen. The kitchen door was closed, and I assumed that E was up doing schoolwork in the kitchen (he gets an early start some days). But no one else was up. Jim said that he got up this morning feeling a bit discouraged. But as he came downstairs, he heard his favorite Third Day song blaring from the dark kitchen. He went in to find the music coming from my laptop. Which was closed. I was using it before going to bed last night, and hadn't shut it down. But there hadn't been any music playing. And I had closed it. Don't know about you, but my laptop doesn't generally start playing music on it's own...after it's been closed, and in the middle of the night. Jim opened it up and saw that the music was from a playlist on a site with which he wasn't familiar (it was a blog I read sometimes). He said that when he saw what was going on, he just decided to "go with it," and he worshiped. He just raised his hands and worshiped.
Do you think God works that way? I do. James 1:17 says, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
Do you suppose that the "Father of Heavenly Lights" can play music on a laptop? (Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us...).
Do you imagine that He knows your favorite song? (You perceive my thoughts from afar...You are familiar with all my ways...).
Do you believe that He wants to encourage you? (Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.)
I am so often inclined to miss His hand upon me. To evaluate all that happens through the lens of human reason. How much do we miss when we do that? When we simply fail to look up? To remember that every good and perfect gift is from above, and to just bask in His love and goodness? To say thank you?
When I was in college, just coming to know my Father, I knew a young man who was in love with Him. When this young man prayed, he called God "Daddy." It was foreign to me at the time, and even uncomfortable...relating to God that way. Imagining Him loving me that way. But now, with so many years to look back on, so many memories of experiencing His loving hand upon me...I get it. It's no stretch at all for me to imagine my husband turning on some music to encourage one of our sons or daughters. Knowing that they were needing encouragement, and knowing them well enough to offer it in a way that would bless them.
So thank you, Daddy. Thanks for the encouragement for Jim, and for me. And for all of the children, who heard their earthly daddy share this story with them this morning, with tears in his eyes.
Oh, and by the way, here's the link to the blog with the music: A Place Called Simplicity. It's a favorite of mine, and well worth reading, but seriously...the play list is fabulous. :)