Day 6: Becoming God’s Canvas : Effort and Synchronisity


For todays post we are going to be

examining the story of the Roman Official

in John 4:46-54.

In this story we meet a Roman Official who seeks out an audience with Jesus.

His son is sick and he has heard about this man who turned water into wine, and believes that this man can heal his son.

Jesus assures him that his son will live.

Later the Roman Official discovers that his son was cured at the exact moment Jesus told him that his son would live.

It then goes on to tell how this official and his entire household were converted on that day.

This story is such a beautiful illustration of how

synchronicity can change your entire perspective

on life.

When you experience synchronicity in your life, you can gain deeper insights into what you intuitively know to be true by taking a closer look at the event in question.

You have to wonder in these moments,

“Is the universe trying to tell me something?”

It happens to people all the time these days.

Something prompts you to look at a digital clock at exactly the same time of day or night 11:11 for example.

Or…

You think of someone and soon thereafter that person contacts you.

Or you’ve just read an article, you get into your car, and while driving along you notice that the numbers and letters on the license plate in front of you reflect the subject or article you’ve just finished reading.

The odds against such occurrences are so great

that when we notice them,

they tend to stop us DEAD in our tracks.

These moments are like a scenes of exquisite beauty,

They take our breath away.

And upon closer reflection, the only conclusion that you can come to is the fact that such perfectly choreographed events cannot happen randomly.

 

 

That is when we are like the Roman Official and our hearts are opened

to the influence of God in our lives.

A God who can see directly into our heart.

Can heal our limitations,

And even change a hardened heart into a heart filled with love and reverence for Him.

Have you ever had a moment in your life when like the Roman Official, you could not deny Gods Handiwork in your life?

 

I love this benediction by the former U.S. Senate chaplain, Richard Halverson:

“You go nowhere by accident.
Wherever you go,
God is sending you.
Wherever you are,
God has put you there.
God has a purpose
in your being there.
Christ lives in you
and has something
he wants to do
through you where you are.
Believe this and go in the
grace and love and
power of Jesus Christ.”
— Rev. Richard Halverson

Last month when Jeff and I went on a guided tour to Range Creek.

I met the most amazing woman.

We spoke like we were life-long friends.

She shared her wisdom and experiences with me, and I shared mine with her.

She called our meeting a “divine appointment”.

I love the sound of that.

Have you ever experienced a Divine Appointment?

I believe that God often speaks to us through

these types of encounters,

synchronic events,

and intuitive feelings.

These types of occurrences are literally like little SUB-PLOTS in the story of our lives.

They become a bread-crumb trail that we can follow to make sure we are on the right path.

In this story, Jesus heals the son INSTANTLY and from a great distance.

Most of His miracles were hands on, so the fact that this was a long distance healing makes this miracle different.

It showed us that Jesus really does have mastery over time and space, and it was also a very dramatic illustration of the actual scope of His authority.

He was able to create a perfectly choreographed

synchronicity that would open the heart of the

Roman Official.

 

Another thing about this story that I find interesting is the fact that a Roman Official would even seek out Jesus in the first place.

In 1st century Jerusalem, Roman Officials, and the Jews ran in very different circles.

They actually avoided each other at all costs.

So that leads me to the conclusion that this particular Official must have been very desperate; and as we all know desperate times call for desperate measures.

His son was near death, so He sought out Jesus to have a conversation,

and not just any conversation either, he was going to ask him for a miracle.

The thing that really impressed me about this official is that he could have pulled rank on Jesus and commanded him to heal his son, but he doesn’t do that, he approaches Jesus with humility.

God does not respond to blackmail,

He does, however respond to a humble plea for help.

And that is exactly what this official does, when he comes before Jesus and asks for his help, he addresses Jesus as “SIR”.

We should be just as humble when we approach our Savior in prayer.

 

The other thing that this official did was travel over 20 miles to find Jesus.

Sometimes miracles require some sweat equity on our

part.

You cannot EARN a miracle,

but that doesn’t mean that some EFFORT won’t be required on your

part either.

Miracles often require us to go that extra mile so that we can get close

to Jesus.

For example…

The woman with the blood issue, who fought her way through the crowd so she could touch his robe.

OR…

The four men who lowered their friend through the roof, so that Jesus could heal him.

 

OR…

The woman with the alabaster jar, who boldly crashed the dinner party with the Pharisees to show her worship.

The thing that I have learned from this story is that I

should not WAIT for the miracle…

 

I SHOULD GO AND GET IT.

 

Pursue it.

Brenda and I have a sacred place that we go to pray together.

We have had many of the prayers that we shared together in

that spot answered in miraculous ways.

It’s hard for us to NOT have faith when we go there to pray

because we are literally sitting on what is to us,

“SACRED GROUND”

 

When we pray in that spot, I can’t help but wonder…

Did David ever go back to the Elah Valley to remember and pray?

 

Did Moses return to the spot where he witnessed the burning bush?

 

Did Peter row his boat out to the spot where he walked on water?

 

Did Lazarus ever put flowers on the grave he spent four days lying in?

 

We all need to return to the place of our own

miracles.

 

We need to FIGHT to be near the Savior.

 

Today spend some time in reflection on the times in your life when you listened to your intuition and avoided an accident.

When has synchronicity, intuition, or personal effort brought about a miracle in your life.

I would love to hear your story. Please share in the comment section below.

 

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6 thoughts on “Day 6: Becoming God’s Canvas : Effort and Synchronisity

  1. I know he reminds us… I have to say those times are so breath taking!! I would like to share a few things, sometimes the clouds seem to be sending me a message, a certain song on the radio, or flower’s laying in a path or the owl that comes and visits every once in a while, I have had several experiences I don’t always know what those messages are suppose to mean but, I have my thoughts and to me that is all that matters.. I am blessed because I know that He watches over me and blesses me all the time. I have a home an amazing friend and my three children have grown up and are able to experience the world with courage. With him standing at my side I can accomplish many many things…

    1. We have learned to share our experiences with eachother and discuss the feeling that they evoke. We have also learned to pray together and ask for His insight as to the meaning of our synchronisities.
      I truely believe that if we will all just open our eyes, we will see His hand touching every area of our lives.

  2. “Synchronistically”…I just “happened” to check your site just now…and here you have shared the story of our meeting. 😊

    Now…I have a story of a recent miracle to share:

    Soon after my husband and I returned to Michigan from our three week road trip to Utah, I headed down to North Carolina for a two week vacation where I would be spending time with three different female friends.

    I arrived in Raleigh, NC, on Friday, October 3rd. Early on Sunday morning, October 5th, when my best friend from high school woke up, I had to ask her to please take me to a hospital. I had been up all night with what I KNEW was a gall bladder attack.

    She wondered why I didn’t wake her earlier…I explained that I had to be “convinced” that it wasn’t going to stop on it’s own.

    Just a little after noon, a surgeon who had gotten his training in Detroit, removed my gall bladder.

    I was in THE RIGHT PLACE at THE RIGHT TIME. If I had been at home, my husband would have had to drive me for at least an hour and a half to get to a “major medical center” like the one that was about 15 minutes from my friend’s home.

    My friend is a good friend of one of the best Gastroenterologists at that facility. Even though he was not working that day, he took her 8:00 am phone call in San Francisco (where it was 5:00 am). He reassured her that his team of surgeons were “on duty” and he said that I would be in “good hands”…(God’s hands?). My surgeon has done “just under” 2,000 of these surgeries.

    I called my husband to let him know what was going on, and even though he felt terrible that he was not with me, I reassured him that I was in the best place to have this done.

    What if this had happened in Utah? We were in several very “remote” locations during much of that three week road trip…including the trip to Range Creek, where you and I met.

    The doctor said it was quite important that I walk daily in order to recover well. Being in NC rather than Michigan, I knew I was more likely to walk every day in the beautiful weather I was experiencing there.

    My three female friends surrounded me with healing feminine energy…good food…good rest…wonderful walks. The two weeks in NC put me well on the path of recovery. I visited my local doctor when I got home. In about one more week, I should be able to get back to my regular activities.

    Another “divine appointment” for sure. 😉

    1. WOW! Thanks for sharing this with me and my readers Sue. I was hoping you would read this post. Our meeting had a very profound impact on me. That is why I KNOW for sure that we were intended to meet.
      I am so glad that you were at the right place to recieve the very best possible care.
      I will continue to pray for you.
      Talk to you soon,

  3. Love this posting. You are so right. Nothing is coincidence. God is always in control. I wrote about God using the clock and numbers to communicate in my book. I pray that many more will open their eyes and ears to hear the many ways that God communicates with us. God bless you!

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