Stick with me. Every detail matters here...
I woke up late today. My zumba class starts at 8:30am and it was 8:15am. I decided to go for it. I threw on my clothes, grabbed my stuff, and ran out the door. I was driving along when I realized I was on my way to the beach. OOPS! I don't even know how I did that. I was about 20 minutes out of the way of the studio, putting me there even later than my original lateness. There was a little tug on my heart to go to the beach instead so, I followed that. I picked up my favorite coffee (honey lavender latte) and sat on the sand with Jesus. It was so great.
Then, I had to run some errands. I went to one post office, parked, and got out, only to find it closed on Saturdays. I was annoyed but ended up going to the one I knew would be open about 20 minutes away. I used the kiosk and got my stamp. As I was putting it on my package, I realized that the postage it printed was less than what I paid for. Have you been to the post office on a Saturday? It's insane! There was no way I was going to wait in that long line to fix the problem so, I spotted a post office employee talking to a couple. I walked over and waited FOREVER. These people had never mailed anything before (apparently) so, he was walking them through every little detail. He took his time for real. I'm not even kidding when I say that it took 25 minutes for him to finish with them. My problem was a 2 minute fix. Anyway, I got it sorted out and went to my car.
At this point, I'm on my way home and kind of feeling down. I was bugged that the post office trip took so long. I was upset at myself for missing class that morning. I was debating whether or not to work out when I got to my apartment complex (we have a little gym). On the one hand, I had some writing to do and wanted to finish so I could go out tonight and on the other hand I knew I needed to get a workout in. I was so close to driving right by the gym but, I had that little heart tug once more and decided to go.
It was empty (SCORE!) and I was so glad to not have to make awkward conversation or eye dances with strangers. I started on the stair-stepper forgetting that it doesn't work (you can still use it but there's no resistance) so, I switched to the treadmill. I'm like 2o minutes in when this older lady opened the door. She got on the broken stair master. As she's laying down her stuff, I realized my stuff was still in the one cup holder. I'm in mid run so I apologize and tell her she can put it wherever. She replied that it was fine and left it there.
I finished up my run and stretched out. I realized then that I was going to have to awkwardly reach around her as she's working out to grab my stuff. I apologized for the weirdness and she wasn't bothered. Now, as I'm reaching, I glance at her phone. She was listening to Chris Tomlin's "White Flag". I recognized it immediately and decided to say something. "I love that song." I said. "Oh, you know it? It's so great." was her response. Needless to say, we got to talking about worship music, then about church, then about Jesus, then about our stories. Her story is incredible. She is a new Christian who's had hints of God her entire life but finally surrendered. Her hunger for Jesus and excitement for Him was contagious. Her desire was to walk in His abundance and will for her life. (AND THAT IS MY PASSION YOU GUYS.) She shared her worries and struggles and fears with me and my heart was bursting in the most beautiful Holy Spirit way. I made a new friend today. She's a wanderer like myself. A beach lover and a coffee lover. ONLY JESUS.
God is in the details. EVERY SINGLE ONE.
So many things could have prevented me from this God encounter today. I could have made it to my class and had no need to work out again. I could have rushed in and out of the post office without a problem and finished working out before she arrived. I could have skipped working out and wrote something totally different for this blog post today. I could have moved my stuff with me instead of leaving it on the stair-stepper. My mind is blown that I could have missed this divine appointment today if I didn't follow the Holy Spirit's promptings.
How much are we missing out on God encounters in our every day? Are we letting are own annoyances, insecurities, busy schedules, etc. tune out God's voice. Are we allowing the post office line get our whole day off track?
Friend, follow those heart tugs. Get in close with Jesus (in His Word, seeking His heart, talking to Him) and they will happen all the time. It's your choice whether you say yes or not but if you say yes and you keep saying yes, amazing things will come of it.
I am praying over you right now - that God will show you that His hand is in every detail and that you allow Him to lead you every step of the way.
xoxo, Beth Ann