Monday, January 4, 2010

Does God Cheat.


According to Webster, cheating is to trick or outwit. Also as in baseball, to position oneself defensively near a particular area in anticipation of a play in that area. Based on that I'd have to say God cheats!
Let me explain. I have an iPhone I love it! There are so many apps, it is so useful. I have an app for everything from finding the best price to bible reading. There is even an app for sign language. You just type in the words and it shows you how to sign it.
During this state of limbo we are living in, since I am not on the worship team, I have been googling all the worship lyrics. I then copy and paste them onto a note, and then paste a section into my sign language app, so I can sign the song.
Today as I was attempting to grab some more lyrics, God tricked me. I had been praying on and off all morning about our limbo. We were the pastors of an awesome church, but due to finances we had to close the church. Now, thru a series of unimportant events we are currently unable to apply for another. This had me pretty bummed. All of this was on my mind as I attempted to grab some lyrics, copy and paste them on a note. When I opened the blank note, and hit paste, this is what I saw;

Isaiah 49:16
I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.
Is that not cheating? I know God cares about me, but it is so comforting to think of Him writing my name on the palm of His hand. Just like I know you have, you are on the run and short of paper, so you grab a pen and write yourself a note on your hand. How awesome to think that God not out of need, necessity, or shortage of supplies but out of love has engraved my name on the palm of his hand. How awesome!
I looked up that verse three weeks ago and pasted it into a note thinking it would be great for a Microburst one day. Little did I know God had the same idea, but He cheated, He prepared in advance. He was ready for today and now so am I.

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