God’s “Oh-By-The-Way” Assignment

It was unexpected, but aren’t the really moving encounters always like that?  For example, when we were in Green Bay with our son, a newly drafted Packer lineman, while were getting a tour of the facilities, Brett Favre walked by and had a brief casual conversation. Later, I commended Cindy (my Red-Headed Irish Princess) on her great restraint. She could have reached out and touched him… but she didn’t.

Back to the story: I recently had that rare unscheduled day, so I took off after breakfast with the Misses, not knowing where I was going or what I was going to do. I considered a day-long road trip to see some old friends who lived a few hours away, but along the way was nudged into a brief side trip to see how low the water was in the lake. I think the Corps of Engineers was getting ready for the heavy rains predicted the next couple of days.

As I pulled up to a boat launch ramp that I have used, I noticed a man standing nearby. I shouted a greeting out the car window and asked about the low water. As you might expect with two older men, we could not really hear each other, so he walked nearer and I got out of the car. That was the unremarkable beginning to a remarkable encounter that was, although unannounced by God, clearly ordained by Him.

The subjects and the length of our conversation was broader and more in-depth than either of us could have anticipated. For this article they aren’t even worth mentioning. What is worth mentioning… and even worth stressing, is that God moves in our lives when we think that we are the ones doing the moving.

As an “All In” disciple I easily forget that He leads me into the paths of others, and others into my path to accomplish His will, not my own. I must keep my eyes, ears and (most importantly) my heart open for the “oh-by-the-way” tasks He assigns along the way.

“He [God] creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” (Ephesians 2:10 The Message)

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4 thoughts on “God’s “Oh-By-The-Way” Assignment

    1. Thanks for the note. Your post illustrates the same truth. I think it is not that it does not happen to others. I suspect that the number of people who write things off to “coincidence” instead of “God-incident” covers most of the population.

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      1. I agree completely. I always remember the movie Grand Canyon (Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Mary McDonnell…) Mary McD’s character makes the comment to Kevin Kline’s that “I think miracles happen all the time. We just don’t recognize them.”

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