Look What God Did

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I believe the fingerprints of our actively loving God can be seen all over the events of our day. In fact, His presence is just begging to be discovered. Are you covered by the evidence of God’s presence? When was the last time you were singled out?

 

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I sat frozen in my mommy taxi position, literally holding my minion passengers hostage. The van tired squeeked to their halt. A deep sigh could be heard coming from our backseat 7 year-old driver. My heart was still going the speed limit, about to drive clear out of my mommy chest. We had all witnessed the amazing power of God and frankly, it was overwhelming. 
You see, earlier that morning, our blessed yet troublesome minivan made it all the way up to Orlando so my husband could visit with a family friend. He brought our youngest kiddo along and the two had an uneventful, blissful few hours together (needed side note – mommy got to spend time at the beach…alone). Our 4-wheel family companion sat parked in the driveway until I prepared to pick-up our older two from school, just a mere two hours later.
That was when God entered our day in a huge way.
The trip was moving along just fine as I picked-up our middle child and found my place in the elephant-trotting carpool conga line to grab our oldest. As soon as my kiddo flung open the cargo door, a light radiated the display screen. The warning chime, which honestly, should sound more alarming than a simply chime, is normal for our 4-wheeled friend. I knew this simply meant we needed to head home so all of us could rest. But it continued to decline.
As I pulled out of the parking lot – another light, another chime.
As we drove slightly faster than normal on our 2 mile track home, you guessed it – a third chime and another light.
The boys sat silent. As I gazed back in the rear view mirror, I saw three silent bobble heads. It honestly freaked me out a bit more than the disturbing chiming warning lights that now illuminated my dashboard.
Go gadget mommy brain! Wait…go? I can’t get it to ever turn off!
Compute…
Weird lights on dashboard….
Kids know something isn’t right…
Mommy knows something isn’t right…
Can we make it home? 
Should we try? 
Flashback – oh I remember sitting with three sweaty boys waiting for a tow truck. But a mom, all alone, with three scared boys, on the middle of a three lane highway is not where I wanted to be today. No. We were headed to home.
“Ummm mommy” my middle kiddo broke the thought train. “I…I…ummmm…I need to pee, bad” he exclaimed.
Of course you do. Now I do too. Awesome!
I don’t think I even answered him. I just pressed down harder on the gas pedal, gripped harder on the steering wheel and clung to God’s hand.
“God” I silently prayed, “Please just get us to a safe place…or a really big tree. My kid needs to pee. I need to pee. We will make it work. We are flexible. Just protect us right now.” 
Yes, mommy friends…you get this. You are out there nodding, smiling and you are agreeing right with me.
We turned two corners to our street, both turns of the steering wheel ended with yet another pleasant chime and another warning light. How in the world does our dashboard have so many lights? Seriously!
Just as our house came into view, another chime and you guessed it…another light.
I seriously heard laughter coming from the back seat. This melted my heart. With our driveway in view, my kiddo knew no matter what, we were going to be safe. I felt lighter in that moment. Though the next few minutes were completely uncertain, I could breathe.
As our minivan jumped the curb into the driveway, adrenaline pumped continually through my veins. We inched-up as close as we could get to the garage door and I switched the gears into park. No sooner had my pant left the big white “P” label, did our van collapse on the scene. With what seemed to be its last breath, it died. Right there. Running to completely silent. No lights. No motor. No a/c. Nothing.
My oldest’s comment broke the silence of that van death defining moment…
“Ooohhhh…mommy….look what God did” he yelled. I had heard this similar statement tattling on his brothers, but wait, he said God, right? As if he knew exactly what I was thinking, he mustered enough courage to repeat his bold statement and added, “Cause we made it home…boo yah!”
At that, the van erupted with cheers and boy screams. I’m pretty sure the neighbors were confused, more than our normal after school rampage. Yet, nobody was exiting the van. It’s as if we all wanted to stay in that moment there, with God, together.
I sat frozen in my mommy taxi position, literally holding my minions hostage. A deep sigh could be heard coming from our backseat 7 year-old driver. My heart was still going the speed limit, about to drive clear out of my mommy chest. We had all witnessed the amazing power of God and frankly, it was overwhelming.
Just a short time later after our middle kiddo reminded all of us of his need for either a potty or a tree, I found myself on the phone sharing what just occurred with a friend.
“That’s awful!” That’s the response our God experience granted from her viewpoint. No, we had no clue where our van would be going, why it stopped running or even next steps. But you see friends, she missed the obvious. She missed God in the midst of the mess! 
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Our van could have died in Orlando with my husband and our youngest in its grips, flying down the interstate. Our van could have sent me spiraling down the highway with our three kids dinging our way to glory. There must be a million different ways this could have occurred, but God answered in a huge way. I saw that. My kids saw that. And after you see Him, you just can’t see the world the same again.
Why would you want to? 
Have you seen God? Oooohhhh…..what did God do? I would love to uncover His fingerprints in your life too! Share with me! 

Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!

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16 thoughts on “Look What God Did

  1. I am so very happy your son is the one who said LOOK WHAT GOD DID!!!! Goes to show you and hubs give proper credence to GOD for things. I’ve had many, many of these experiences but of course because you asked, I can’t think of one of them. LOL. BUT, I will and I will share. xo

    • Susan – I can’t wait to hear more! I know – it shocked me to hear my kiddo point out what I missed at the moment! God does that!

  2. Oo I love this! I see God’s fingerprints all over my kids. Despite their disabilities, and they are each night and day with their personalities and challenges, they are 2 of the most believed kids in our 8 grades of school. I saw more fingerprints as my daughter with autism got up and did Special Olympics 2 weeks ago – a complete 100% improvement over last year, in terms of her wearing her ribbons, standing properly on the podium, throwing and running in the right direction and waiting her turn to compete. I can see Him every where in my home, in my family, in my answered prayers about friends and love and health and help.

  3. So happy you made it home safe. You are right there are so many other scenarios that could have happened. God is an amazing God and I don’t want to miss his fingerprints all over the world. Your friend did indeed miss the point in the midst of the mess.

  4. God has been doing some really cool things in our life lately, and I’m excited to share some of them soon. But I’ve told some friends how I feel like I’m witnessing God move directly. I know this is a blessing that we don’t always get to see. Sometimes we have to trust without seeing his fingerprints and believe he’s there because he says he is. But then are times the evidence is clear. I love when that happens.

    • Kristin – Ooohhhh….I’m sitting here feeling like I’m in 5th grade again going, “I want to know!!” Praying for you my friend! I’m excited too!

  5. I love how your boys know who to give credit to :). I see his hand in so many things–I try to write them down when they happen. Most recently he orchestrated the perfect summer job for our eldest daughter.

  6. I just love stories like these, I often think about little ways we miss his fingerprints and how we can be the fingerprints on someone’s life. I really enjoy doing random acts of kindness, the other night I was in PaPa John’s and my online order had gotten messed up. While there I felt like I was to buy this older man’s pizza, he ordered and ran to Kroger to pick a couple things up and was coming back to get it. I fought with the struggle of I want to do this, I know I should do this, BUT I don’t really have the extra money. So I did it any ways the employee was dumbfounded. I left a note on his pizza box, something like Just a little something to let you know God loves and He cares. After my order was ready the employee said don’t worry about your other pizza we messed up we are not charging you for that. So I broke even and was able to bless someone else and hopefully shine some light to the employee as well. I left before the older man returned and I left with the biggest smile on my face. I love when he chooses to use us in even the smallest of ways.

  7. Bethany! I love seeing your posts on these link-ups! LOVED this!!! –> “It’s as if we all wanted to stay in that moment there, with God, together.”
    I love reading and hearing about these moments because they happen all around us constantly to us and others, and yet, I believe we only really tune into a fraction of them. Blessings to you from “Espressos of Faith” via #TellHisStory! Tweeting! Pinning!

    • Bonnie!! Thanks for the love my friend! This post almost never made it up – I had so much going on and the van died on Tuesday (posted WEDNESDAY!). Quick decision! 🙂

  8. I love this!! Looking for God’s finger print instead of looking at the circumstance! When my husband and I first started dating we were on a motorcycle ride. We were on the NJ Turnpike on a Sunday night, going with the flow of traffic (which is much higher than the speed limit 🙁 ) , riding in the inside lane when all of a sudden my husbands 1983 Venture MC went completely quiet. I saw him pull in the clutch as he carefully changed lanes. He managed to glide the bike (That weights 850 without us or our camping gear on it)about a mile to the next rest area and to safety. Even though we were not living a life honoring God at the time I KNOW He definitely protected us. There is no other answer with all that traffic.

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