A recent post made me think about the role of God in a Christian's every day life. The post suggested that Christians need to pray for a sunny day, pray for a salary increase, and pray for a good hair day.
This made me think, what does God do in my life. Other than one occasion where I prayed and experience an "out of world experience", I can't say I've seen God, heard God, known God was in the same room as me, or could 100% claim that God left me a message and that somehow it may not have been accidental. I am currently awaiting an answer from God on a certain issue, but have yet to receive it.
So let me tell you about a few things that have happened in my life. Before I do that however, let me try explain why I don't particularly pray for every thing around me. I believe every single thing; from the hairs on my head to my choice in sodas has a purpose. Nothing can be out of place; in deed I support the butterfly theory. Should God believe it is my destiny to die tomorrow, that is my purpose. Should my wife and child be killed in a fire, I will be devastated, but that is a part of God's plan, for they will be in Heaven. Whilst I believe prayer is important, I don't believe in a need to pray for everything. God is in control of my life and my prayers must fall in line with what I believe could be His Will, but most importantly my prayers is my way of talking to God. Yes, He knows my every thought, but when I pray I speak to Him.
But let me tell you about my experiences with God.
On my wedding day it was a forecast a rainy day in the South of France. We had often flown to this quaint town to receive our wedding 'lessons' from the priests that was to marry us, and I tell you, every time we went there for a weekend it was perfect weather. Anyway, it was suppose to rain that day, so I prayed to God that if He would (if it was not too much of an inconvenience) prevent it from raining, as much of the wedding reception relied on it not raining on that day. Needless to say we had contingency plans, however we would have liked it not to rain. Make no mistake, I would not be angry, disappointed or worried if it had to rain for God is always good and everything happens for a reason. Anyway, what started as a miserable day, ended up being a mild, yet sunny day, perfect weather for a wedding. The wedding ended officially ended at 3am, at which time to the very minute a glorious and massive thunderstorm broke loose! 3am to the minute. After a long day it was extremely refreshing, but some did get wet.
As I live in the UK, very few people are Christians, the vast minority. My wife had a difficult pregnancy suffering from hyperemesis, a rare condition where the woman is sick 24/7. My wife started really feeling the strain after about 1 months being pregnant. When she was eventually in the hospital to give birth, I contemplated the possibility of her dying during labour, for this could be God's Will for all I know. Of all the midwives (lady helping with childbirth) we got the most special Christian lady. I had not discussed my faith with her, but she told me to have faith in God, all you need is faith. At the point where my wife was 10 cm dilated, we prepared to start the labour. It took 9 minutes and my wife could scarcely believe it was that easy.
I recall an incident where I went to university where 17 people died in a freak river boating accident. Heavy rains cause an artificial dam to be formed in one of the tributaries and when it broke, a rush of water hit these people. I know of 2 people that died on that occasion. One guy I went to school with, a Christian that was on his way to India or Pakistan to preach the Gospel, he was to leave in a few months time. He died in this accident; his body was lost for 4 days in the water. If you ask any person that's lost a lot of relatives, they all agree that losing a child is the most difficult, something very harsh. This guys parents had every opportunity to blame God, to lose faith in God, but they didn't. I recall reading his fathers response (a Christian) that they were proud of Him and that they had peace at his passing.
Recently a friend of mine lost his sister. She was in her early 30's. I recall her always calling me Batman because I told her that I really was Batman, but that I was undercover. Her father and mother were dedicated Christians. She died without any warning. They had the same response as the other couple, they were at peace.
I tell you these stories because it seems sometimes you wonder about how God operates, where God's miracles are. I don't proclaim my wedding day or my wife's labour a miracle. I believe they are, but I sometimes always find I need to be careful of that. Am I really that important to God that He will change the weather for me? Am I special and any other Christian that has a rainy wedding isn't loved by God as much as I am? No. To me, yes, God stopped the rain because He is Good, His gift to me. He also made sure the lady that helped give birth to our child was a dedicated Christian. The two most important events in my life and God was there for me, not because I deserved it, but because He is Good. But do not take such unusual acts as a testimony of God's love. Take two couples that tragically lose their children and somehow have peace in their lives a week later as a testimony of this. For I tell you, I've seen this happen and for some it takes years to deal with such a tragedy.