Moments are filled with new people, places and events, getting sudden little insights into life and our amazing Creator... And since I love writing, (and I think some of you who I've met along the way might enjoy hearing about what I am up to) Here's me, hoping my stories make you laugh, think, or just not be bored for a little while...
hear people complaining that God doesn’t answer their prayers, or that they don’t
feel God’s presence in their lives… I think the problem isn’t that God isn’t
there, actively involved and answering, but we either don’t like what he is
saying and block it out, or we just forget to actively listen.
might know, the decision for me between staying in RSA or moving to Finland to
study back in 2014 was a tough choice, there were pros and cons on both sides,
comfort zones and new adventures…
(If you didn’t know about this, you can read
the two previous posts, since I haven’t posted anything since then. Crazy how
time do dat.)
What I didn’t
share back then, was that one day while wrestling with this decision, I was
sitting at the pool praying about it. I was tired of trying to rationalize the
decision myself so I said to God
“If it is your will that I move to Finland,
give me a sign.”
I thought for a moment what could be a good sign, and then
decided I hadn’t seen any butterflies for a while. On a whim, I continued
Lord, if it’s your will that I go to Finland, let a butterfly fly past, like now.”
I kid you
not, I’d barely finished this sentence when a big white butterfly fluttered
right past me and off into the bush. Did I jump up and shout hallelujah? Did I thank
God for answering immediately and clearly? No
Met this guy at the pool when I visited last Christmas
No I did not.
I said “Uuuhm,
I don’t know if that counted God, cuz it came so fast. So, if a butterfly comes
past menow then I’ll know it is your
I was a modern-day
Gideon (Judges 6) setting out my fleece and testing God’s powers.
But God humoured me, another butterfly flew
up, and went back home feeling only a little more sure of my decision. My
thoughts were probably along the lines of “Thank you God for your input, I will
take this into consideration in my plans.”
have been freaking sure, right!? I think I might have been just too surprised
at having such a clear answer. That’s human nature, always doubting, always
rationalizing. “It could have been a coincidence.”
And it is true, we should definitely test the spirits (1 John 4:1) and not just believe every ‘sign’ we see. I would have got some odd looks if I told people in
Finland I came because the butterflies told me to. But now three years later,
looking back and seeing all the good and the growth that came out of me moving
to Finland, that moment of God answering my childish request is a lovely
reminder that he does care, he is involved, and his answers sometimes come in
the clearest (yet unexpected) ways.
letter to Ephesians, Paul speaks of God being “able to do immeasurably more
than all we ask or imagine” (3:20) I think this is beautiful in the way that us
asking is a part of God doing. When we ask him for something, he can do it
immeasurably bigger than we could’ve imagined. But how will we know how much bigger
he’s working, if we didn’t have a request in the first place?
I want to encourage you to pray, to ask God to
show himself, and to keep your eyes open to when he does.