I've started to notice something interesting on my Instagram. I don't keep track of followers much, but I have started to notice that anytime I mention God or anything even somewhat religious, I can expect to lose some followers. Heck, I even lost followers from posting our Family Home Evening Activity.
The thing is, I don't know how I could NOT mention God. He's a very real part of my life. Just like I would have a hard time blogging without mention of my kids or husband. These very real relationships happen to be the core of my life. They are my happy.
I don't try to convert people and up until now I have never considered my devotion to God annoying to other people. Just a post here and there in gratitude. Like you know, on Easter. I kind of thought people would just expect some appreciation for Jesus on Easter….because…well the holiday exists because of him. But apparently that offended a few as well.
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If you're still reading, I thought I would share a simple thing that happened a couple of weeks ago.
I was leaving my in-law's house and headed to meet up with my sisters. It was late at night, I was in a rush, and I had a lot on my mind. My sisters and I were assembling packages for #KindnessGoneViral and my brain was up in a cloud getting all excited about it. As I was backing my car (probably a little too fast), a light blinked on. It was the battery light and I stopped for a couple of seconds wondering why it had turned on. Seconds later it turned back off. I looked up and to my horror noticed my brother-in-law's car was parked RIGHT BEHIND me. Just another inch and I would have hit it hard. I immediately thanked God for the light on my dashboard that caused me to pause what I was doing. It hasn't turned on since. It was such a little thing, but such a huge thing at the same time. And I felt a tenderness in my heart that God knew me and sent me a little signal. God doesn't always save me from frustrations and troubles, and quite frankly I don't know why he did in that moment, but I'm grateful. Maybe it was because he knew that just a few weeks later (today), I would be driving my car through the garage on accident, and he didn't want me to end up divorced (okay, my husband is actually really patient with me).
I am just now realizing that I just shared two examples involving a car that make me seem like a complete idiot. I promise I passed Driver's Ed.
My point is that it's hard for me to live my life without mention of God. He is in the very details of my life. These little moments happen daily. Sometimes I'm not being observant and I miss them, but they are there. Sometimes he is helping me to find something that I lost, sometimes he is helping me pay bills when I thought I didn't have enough, sometimes he is urging me to help someone else because he knows it will bless both of us, and other times he watches in silence as I learn a hard lesson.
He doesn't always save me. Sometimes he is silent because he knows I need to grow and become something better. At times I get frustrated wondering where he is, and then later down the road realize he helped me in a way that was opposite of what was expected, but completely perfect for me in hindsight.
I'm just grateful that he knows what I need, when I need it…because sometimes I'm just too stubborn to be open to new possibilities.
The point is…I believe the majority of humankind believe in good things. Whatever that is for you whether it be God, or family, or kindness, or all of the above…we should all encourage each other to CLING to it. Because the world could use a lot more goodness.
Thanks for reading!