Back a couple of years ago, my husband, sitting in his collar, was complaining to me that his job was worthless, no one appreciated him, and that he was a poor pastor. After everything we had endured with him being forced to resign and not being called to a new congregation, he was, to say the least, depressed. We walked into Qdoba to talk it over. After hearing his many complaints, frustrations, and problems over dinner, we began to clean up our table when a young man walked over. He wasn’t a member of a church that my husband had filled in for that we could tell. The young man was just a “joe” on the street, but he came over anyway, shook my husbands hand, and thanked him for all the hard work that he does in the church. Though it might be hard at times and things may look grim, he appreciated the pastor and his role as the bringer of the Gospel, and he wanted to make sure my husband knew that.
Ever wonder if God really pays attention to the conversations you have every day? That day, both my husband and I were sure! It’s easy to forget that God is involved in our every day lives as well as the things we do every day to remember that He is is present, prayer, devotions, going to church, Bible study, and the like. Talk about feeling self-conscious! It’s easy to go about live and compartmentalize God to just the activities that involve Him. But He cares for us enough to not just be involved when we choose to involve Him. He’s there for the complaints we tell our friends, the laughter of a stupid joke that makes us have tears in our eyes even if it wasn’t that funny, the long conversations that happen in a car on a road trip that might be about cows, deer, and the crazy driver who just passed us.
As if we needed more of a reminder, before working out at the gym this past week, I was explaining to my husband the need to feel loved and wanted at home because I don’t get that type of support anywhere else. I complained that at work I meant nothing and that I really wasn’t all that important. After working out, there was a woman who recognized me as “her” pharmacy technician. I had taken care of her earlier and she was very appreciative of the service and the fact that I didn’t just take care of her, I seemed to truly care about her well-being. It brought a smile to my face knowing that I had helped at least one person and that is exactly what I thought as we walked to my car. My husband and I were decided to go to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things, and again, I was met with another patient who wondered when the next time I was working was, as “I was the best tech there” according to her. We chatted for a bit and and then my husband and I went on our way. My husband wondered if we could go anywhere where in town where I wouldn’t be recognized as somebody’s pharmacy tech. I laughed but inwardly mused again that God was walking right beside me even as I walked through the Wal-Mart, worked out at the gym, and went about the rest of my life. I mentioned this to my husband a little while later and he laughed so hard. He thought it was funny that God did the same thing to me as He did to him. Turnabout is fair play.
Now, this isn’t to say that this is how God promises to interact with His creation. God promises to be found in Word (the Scriptures) and Sacrament (Baptism, Holy Communion). If one is to look for God, don’t look for God in signs and wonders, or even through a patient appreciating hard work after a complaint session on how insignificant one is. It is important to note that if one is looking for God, he need look no further than the Christian Church down the street, who brings God to the people every Sunday in the Divine Service, or in the Scriptures that is the Word of God themselves. But, it’s also not unheard of for God to step outside these means to remind His children that He is there and listening, watching, and taking care of His precious little ones. Not expecting it from Him, it is important to acknowledge He can work that way. In a way that built both His precious prince, my husband, and His precious princess, me, He reminded us that we are not alone. God is with us.