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We have all had the experience of that little thing that happened that simply seemed as though it was just for us, just for that one moment.

Sometimes it is that a certain grocery item is on sale, just when you need it, but have little money.

Sometimes it is a sunset, or sunrise.

Sometimes it is a rainbow … a double rainbow.

Sometimes it is encouraging words from someone.

Sometimes it is your child getting on that sports team, in that drama production, in that university.

Sometimes it is finding twenty dollars in your coat pocket.

Sometimes it is a parking spot at Costco.

Whatever it is, I bet is brings a big smile across your face. I bet you utter :

“wow!”
“yes!”
“thank-you”

It is an unexpected blessing, a joy, a gift.

Recently, while reading a post by Chloe Arnold, at her blog home, Beyond Blessed, I was introduced to the concept of God winks. Chloe describes a ‘God Wink’ as “simply one of the many extraordinary little “coincidences” in life ordained by God.” She references a book, written by Squire Rushnell, called “When GOD Winks at You” (amazon). Although I have not yet read it, it is now in my queue.

Since my introduction to the idea of a God wink, I have been … well, looking for them. There is something addictive about searching for a God winks, it is almost like being on a treasure hunt. Whenever one happens, I start anticipating the next, and they appear!

I suppose one could say that I am inventing them, from my own need to receive them. I prefer to look at them differently. I prefer to view my anticipation

as expectancy.

God has promised his spirit …

“If you love me, keep my commands.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever
—the Spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept him,
because it neither sees him nor knows him.
But you know him,
for he lives with you and will be in you.”
John 14:15-17

No, it didn’t say anything about a wink,

but it did say,

“But you know him,
for he lives with you and will be in you

If his spirit dwells in us, his spirit knows us intimately, knows us from the inside out. His spirit knows what we need, and just when we need it.

So, I challenge you, spend one day, just one day, looking, with expectancy, for a wink from God. And when it happens, return the wink to him in praise and joy. It could alter your day.

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It does not take much to realize that we live in a fallen world. From the soil we grow our food, to the defiance of a two year old, to the frailty of our own bodies, to the inability for the people of the world to live in peace, we see the effects of sin.

The realities of living in this flawed world can leave our shoulders sagging, and our hopes evaporating quickly.

Each day we encounter the side effects of living outside of Eden …

rejection and isolation
fears and failures
dreads and disappointments
separation and divorce
illness and disease and death

And on a Monday morning, all of it can seem to weigh us, our day, our life down.

But …

John 16:33, in the words of Jesus to his followers (both then and now), tells us, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

On the eve of his horrible …

betrayal by Judas

denial by Peter

abdication to judge by Pilate

death sentence by the same people who shouted “Hosanna” just days before

torture by the Roman guards

death on a cruel cross

Jesus was delivering a message of peace, hope and victory.

His message of the reality of the trouble present in this world is not just to his closest twelve followers, but a reminder to us as well, that, quite simply, life is not ever going to be easy in this world.

But, he does not stop there, he declares “I have overcome the world.”

In those five words, the Son of God reminds us that this world has already been conquered. Although His death and rising from it have not yet occurred, He, and therefore we, are the over-comers. Although He has not yet even returned to gather His believers (“when everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” John 14:3), we have the hope of eternity without death … or taxes!

Romans 8:37 reminds us that “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

He loved us
He loves us
He will always love us!

We are overcomers with Him!

Now, put your dancing shoes on, and overcome this sagging shouldered Monday!

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I remember the day I wanted to run away. The temptation was so great, I was almost certain that I should just do it. Everything within me wanted to run. It had seemed as though nothing was going right, and I saw no other way out. The horizon looked to be so appealing to me, and I so wanted to turn around and head that way. I had nothing packed, but really didn’t care, I was ready to go.

That was just the other day.

I had just bought groceries, and was heading home. It had been a beautiful warm spring afternoon. The sun was setting, and the air was clean with the fragrance of spring. There was something in the sky, in the air, that just made me want to turn my vehicle around and drive from the direction of my home.

It is not that I was particularly frustrated with my life. I love my family. I enjoy my job. I have good friends, and a good life. It was more a matter of seeking adventure, of seeking something new, of seeking …

I think my inclination to run away is not something that only I have experienced. I have a feeling that we all have days (weeks, months, even years) when we simply feel that our life is missing something, that we are missing something.

Some give in to the temptation to seek. We see that in the person who is regularly changing jobs, changing cars, changing houses, changing spouses. We see their frustration with the status quo, then we see them make a change. They are in a state of delight and excitement. Then, the novelty of the new ‘toy’ starts to wear off, and, gradually, they are back in a new state of status quo … and it usually does not look too different from the original one.

So, if new changes and adventures and people do not end our seeking, then they are not what we are really seeking.

What we seek does not get found in leaving the life we have. What we seek is not available to us here and now. What we seek is beyond, not just the front door of our homes, but beyond our earthly life. We seek and strive for the Eden existence we were created for.

This life we live is not what we were created for. We were created to spend our lives walking in the garden with our Creator.

There will still be days when we just want to run away, because we do live in a flawed world, full of struggles. But we need to keep in mind that there is a place awaiting us, and one day we will be be taken there, by the one who is already preparing a place for us.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You believe in God; believe also in me.
My Father’s house has many rooms;
if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
You know the way to the place where I am going.”
John 14:1-4

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