I’m reading through a book called, You Were Born for This by Bruce Wilkinson that talks about modern day miracles and how God wants us to be a part of the miracles he performs in our day and age. I read a passage early in the book tonight that spoke to me and I had to sit down and talk about it.
God wants to provide miracles for us all. He wants us to be a part of that miracle, perhaps even to be the delivery person for this miracle. But he nudges us to be a part of this miracle, he doesn’t force us to. We still have to be open to his promptings and listen for his word. We still have to say yes.
But what if we say no? What if we are tuned into God and miss his nudges completely? Or what if we hear Him, but say no instead? Let me tell the story I was reading that stood out to me tonight.
Wilkinson talks about a time when they were filming in South Africa in the dead of winter about a homeless boy who’s parents had died of HIV. They were to arrive early in the morning to film several police cars were already on scene and they come to find out that a homeless boy had frozen to death the night before, let me continue with Wilkenson’s words;
I was stunned. Everybody was. Then, as we contemplated what had happened, the terrible irony set in.
Here we were to shoot a scene about a homeless orphan, and right across the street a homeless orphan boy died because no one gave him a blanket or a coat. No one gave him shelter.
Finally I said to the crew, “You don’t think that boy’s death reflects God’s heart, do you?”
Based on what you’ve learned in this chapter, what do you think? Wouldn’t you say that God heard prayers of that little orphan boy, decided to intervene, and began nudging all kinds of people toward him? But no one came.
That would mean what God urgently wanted to happen on that winter morning in Johannesburg didn’t happen. Someone — perhaps dozens of people in different places during the preceding days — said no to Heaven’s nudge.
When I read that I had to ask myself, what nudges didn’t I hear? Which ones did I say no to? Did some blessing that God wanted to bestow on myself or on someone else not happen because I resisted God’s nudge?
This really got me thinking tonight and how I can get so distracted by life, that I know I am missing His nudging. Time to trust in God and listen for his promptings so I can be a part of His plan. I don’t want to miss out on a miracle that God has in mind for me or for someone else, because I say no.