A funny thing happened the other day when I was traveling home. Because one of my homes is a tiny Caribbean island, and the other is a tiny Canadian town, the trek can take awhile. Almost a full day of sitting in the Atlanta airport to be exact. I was wandering around aimlessly, and I noticed two airport workers trying to communicate with a woman. She looked confused and I heard the words “speak French” as I passed them. I walked by, thinking “they’ll figure it out”. After a few feet, I hesitated and really felt like I should turn around. I glanced at the elderly black woman’s ticket and saw she was going to Boston. It was a shot in the dark, but I asked her if she was from Haiti–and she was! We started speaking Creole and the woman was just as surprised as I was that we both happened to live on the same island. She had some questions and I was able to explain how they needed to rebook her ticket. There were thank you’s from her and the airport workers, and then we went our separate ways.
It wasn’t a big deal. The whole things took about 2 minutes, but yet again this reoccurring thought I’ve had the past few weeks popped into my head:
God is in the details.
What are the chances I would be walking by at the exact moment to overhear they needed someone who spoke French. What are the chances the lady was from Haiti. People might call it coincidence but I know something bigger was orchestrated here. God and the Holy Spirit are so much in our everyday lives. We can try and reserve spiritual moments for conferences and church on Sundays and doing devotions before we go to bed—but He can’t be contained in those time slots. He’s in it everyday—in the way we serve, in our interactions with others, in our thoughts. He’s the God who brings people into our lives to speak life and challenge us. And He’s in the details.
At times it can feel like God has forgotten us. Maybe not so much forgotten as much as we think there are more important things than our little lives or issues. But what matters to us, matters to Him. When I quiet myself and listen for His voice in each day, I notice things that I didn’t notice before. He takes delight in knowing us, in providing opportunities for growth and encouragement. Even when circumstances are hard or my attitude isn’t where it should be, if I’m walking in the Spirit then I feel His love. I believe He knows every hair on my head. I trust He knows the desires of my heart.
No matter what our season of life, there’s one thing for sure: He’s got the details covered.