I didn’t realize it then

I recently connected with a person from my not so distant past. It was coincidentally due to COVID19. We started streaming our worship gathering online…like the rest of the world. And they found my sermon one Sunday.

I’ve been very appreciative of this person’s encouragement. It’s been a tough season. You know with the whole 2020 thing. And words were sent at just the right time. God is funny like that. He seems to know when to send the right person at the right time.

It made me think about how I didn’t realize at the time how much this person was influencing me. I mean, I’m not a fool. I recognized then that this person was gifted and godly. But it didn’t occur to me to stop and pay attention more closely. I wish I had asked more questions and listened between the lines. I wish I had taken better notes and asked for more feedback then.

The longer I live, the more I realize how little I understand. God is wider and deeper than we know. But He puts people in our path to teach us and show us the next way to go.

Today I’m wondering who has He put in my life. Like my friend who recently reconnected, from whom am I supposed to be taking better notes? Am I listening between the lines now? Do I recognize the gifted and godly people God has sent for this season of life?

I suspect I’m still not doing a very good job at noticing. But I pray God will have mercy and open my eyes.

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