When God Repeats Himself, It's Time To Listen.
A familiar phrase or concept to many of us. But let's be honest we tend to associate it with all the things we think God wants us to DO, all the "shoulds" and "oughts" and "musts". I was reminded last week that it also applies, in fact, in my mind it FIRST applies, to all the times God speaks of His love for us, all the times He speaks of His Grace and mercy, all the times He speaks encouragement over us, whether that be directly through His word, through his Spirit into our hearts, or through those around us.
I work part time, employed by the church I attend to provide assemblies, prayer spaces and other activities in local schools. A couple of weeks ago I was pointed in the direction of a new job. Not to replace the one I do now, but one that could run alongside what I do now and fit in really nicely with it (the 2nd job is also part time). It would basically mean doing the same thing as I am doing now but in an additional environment for a different employer. Let's be honest when you work for the church you attend, with very little opportunity for feedback, you're never quite sure if you really ARE doing a good job, or not, so I was a little nervous. I ummed and aaahed, and went back and forth in my head, trying to decide if I was going to apply, and finally, I did. It took me a whole afternoon to fill in the application form, I wanted to do this right, and on Tuesday last week I posted it.
On Wednesday I received encouraging messages about the job from 3 separate people, 1 of whom knows neither of the others and I've never met before and only 1 of them was from the church I attend. Each of them was saying more or less the same thing.
All of them coming on the same day like that, within a space of less than 12 hours, I knew that was not a co-incidence.
Whether I get the job or not is not really the point. The point is when God repeats himself, particularly when it is in a short space of time like that, it usually requires a response from us. In the case of the "shoulds" and so on, the response is obvious, but in the case of encouragement and all the things along these lines, the response is different.
Let me tell you something:
God thinks you are amazing. He really does. He notices the things that you do that bless other people, he sees the way you uniquely express your love for Him, the way you love others in ways that no one else can do. He watches when you smile at that person everyone else overlooks, He notices the extra time you spent over something when you didn't have to. He sees the things that make your face light up with joy, and they make Him smile too. He sees all of that and more and he speaks His love and appreciation and encouragement over you. Over and over again, in ways that only YOUR heart will understand.
Your response is your choice.
Will you do what a lot of us do, what I have done in the past, and tell yourself "Oh well, I know God says that stuff, but He doesn't mean it about me. Other people yes, but not me." or if the encouragement came through others, "Oh those people are just saying those things to be polite" or any of the other variants of things that we tell ourselves when our self esteem is low and encouragement comes our way?
Will you accept that love and encouragement? Will you believe the positive things God is saying about you? No matter who or what he uses to send that message?
You can check out other Thoughtful Thursday Posts here. Before you go, why not check out my recipes index page, or my craft projects index page, I am sure you will find something there to interest you.