Busy God

Years ago I decided that when people asked “How are you?” I’d not answer “Been busy!” In our times “been busy” has an air of “I’m busy, therefore I’m important” which quite frankly, isn’t so. So to keep from implying it, I have a handful of ready replies to the question when it comes — and it does.

But I have to tell you – God’s been busy in our neck of the woods lately!

It’s been a good year for Brenda at the pre-school this year. In just a few days she’ll begin to enjoy summer.

The flowers in my gardens are really pretty this year, especially the columbines. The columbine is my favorite, partly because I was born in Colorado, and lived there quite a bit growing up. I’ll put a few snapshots on the Flickr site so you can see more if you like. I enjoy walking around the yard, admiring God’s pallette and the beauty He’s given us to enjoy in nature. What an awesome Artist He is!

After being vacant over a year, the house next door was recently placed on the market. Apparently the foreclosure rigmarole is over. “Lord, would you give us the neighbors we need?” I prayed, “I’m willing to reach out to them and share the love of Christ with them, I’d like to enjoy their family at least a little bit, …You know what’s best; would You do that?” This weekend being a holiday, the parade of tire-kickers going through the house (can you kick the tires on a house?) lightened up quite a bit, and then Monday afternoon a pickup pulled in next door. I was outside watering the flowers between our driveways when a second car pulled in, slowed and stopped. I looked up to see this young man grinning at me from behind the wheel. I smiled and nodded. “Hi,” he said, and added something else. I didn’t hear him exactly so walked closer.

“Say again?”

“Hi. I do believe we’re you’re new neighbors.”

“Welcome!” I smiled. He looked familiar, like I should know him, but I couldn’t place him. My mind couldn’t locate his name in my memory’s data base. “You look VERY familiar,” I said, “but I can’t place you. Help me?”

He smiled (could probably tell). “I’m Mike. I played bass for you quite a bit”

That he did! When he was a college student, he played for one of our praise teams in our former church. His team wasn’t one I led, but we worked indirectly together a third to half the time. Now he’s married and and buying the house next door. The closing’s not until next month (actually June starts the day after tomorrow!) but I thanked the Lord Monday afternoon for giving us neighbors we already know —well, Mike anyway, we’ll get to know Heather soon enough— and who love the Lord.

God-sightings, we call them.They’re everywhere. God’s been busy around here. How’s he doing in your neck of the woods?


3 Replies to “Busy God”

  1. Kurt

    He’s been busy in mine as well. Good stuff!
    We’ve had some similar experiences, in reverse, with the house thing. It’s in there. In the blog, that is.

  2. Jonell

    Yes, God is busy! And God is good. We know God’s ways are above our ways … so far above our ways that He is perfect. And when we struggle through hard times, we can always go to Him for protection. I like to remember Psalm 18:30: “As for God, His way is perfet; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.”
    – Jonell

  3. Rindy

    This all sounds wonderful! Love your pics–I’m excited to finally see color around my house too!

    I have new neighbors. the last ones were an elderly couple, him an alcoholic and her very difficult, with family members in and out of trouble–we finally needed to put a solid fence between. New neighbors….gutted/remodeled house…single mom with tough history and 4 kids…but God working to open my heart and it’s been wonderful!! Definitely a “walk across the room” opportunity!!

    How exciting to see your own child grow in the Lord…awesome!! and kudos to you ’cause he didn’t get there on his own!!! 🙂

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