“Speak, for Your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:10, NASB)
you discovered that Almighty God wants to take part in your daily work? Here’s
one example from my own experience.
a hymn text with the right tune can be tricky, painstaking business. But years
ago I began receiving tune ideas from the Lord. Sometimes I would hear an
original tune in my head. Other times I would feel prompted toward a folk or
classical tune in one of my sources. I would set the tune aside in my “pending”
pile, put it out of my mind, and go on with my work.
within days the Lord would give me a lyric idea separately, from my Bible study
or from an audio book I was listening to. Sometimes it happened the other way
around. The text idea would come first, then the tune.
was amazing was how often I’d find the perfect match for the text or tune there
near the top of my “pending” file. I had forgotten about the first one until
the second showed up and I went looking for a mate. The two had come to me
entirely separately, though in the same time frame.
first, I considered it mere coincidence. But it began to happen so regularly
that I coined a term for it: divine coincidence.
it wasn’t just texts and tunes that came together so marvelously. Often a thought
or scripture would come to me from my daily reading or listening that was
exactly what I needed for some current writing endeavor. I hadn’t gone looking
for it. It just jumped out at me.
would explain such phenomenon as the subconscious working of the mind. And I
can’t claim to explain all the workings of this amazing brain the Lord has given
God regularly uses divine coincidence to remind me that He deeply, personally,
constantly cares about my daily activities. My work is His work, and He doesn’t
abandon me to it. He works beside me all day, every day. The Spirit of the
sovereign, almighty, universal God works through
me. He will work through you as well. How wonderful is that!
all our work is Your work. Keep us open. Keep us listening. Keep us dependent
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21, NASB)
Father, though I am small,
O so brief,
You are almighty,
As I trust You,
You accomplish Your beautiful purpose
Hymn: God’s Mysterious Ways