I had an experience that strengthened my faith a few weeks ago. I previously shared this experience on my personal blog. But since I only have about four followers, I figured I could share this experience here and no one would mind.
It was a Friday morning, and I was full of the competitive spirit. My employer had divided our organization up into teams for a walking challenge. The goal was to be the team with the most steps over the course of 100 days. It was day 96. My team had a narrow, winning lead. All week I had parked in one particular spot on the street near the metro station I use to commute into the city. This spot was a little further away than I normally parked because I wanted to get as many steps in as possible during my commute. However, on this Friday, there was a boy and his father waiting for the school bus right where I wanted to park. Needless to say, I found a spot closer to the metro and forfeited those extra 100 steps.
As I walked back to my car at the end of the day, I noticed that a portion of the road was blocked off – the portion where I was originally planning to park. It turns out a few heavy branches of a large oak tree had fallen. Had I parked where I originally planned, my car would have been damaged. I immediately offered a prayer of gratitude and was in awe of what a blessing I had just experienced.
The next morning as I was getting ready, I realized I had overlooked a blessing from the day prior. That overlooked blessing was seeing the fallen tree branches. Had the clean up crew removed the tree debris before I returned home from work, I would have not realized the gift of protection the Lord had offered me that day. This realization made me wonder if there are other blessings I overlook because I don’t always get to see the metaphorical “fallen tree.” How many times has the Lord worked a miracle in my life and the lives of those I love to spare us from danger, sin, or heartache?
This experience made me realize I must not doubt that the hand of the Lord truly plays a vital and blessed role in our lives regardless of whether or not we witness His hand as plainly as I did on that Friday morning. As we read in the scriptures, “My name is Jehovah, and I know the end from the beginning; therefore my hand shall be over thee.”
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