A couple days ago during our staff prayer time here at Bridgehaven, one of our staff members handed out a blank list to all of us with the title, “Ways I have seen God work”. The list had 100 different lines numbered on it, and we were challenged during that hour to write down 100 different ways we’ve seen God work. Now, this may sound easy to some of you, and maybe to others of you it sounds incredibly challenging. But it turned out to be an incredible reflection exercise. My co-worker told us we could think about it from a perspective of ways He has worked throughout our entire lives, the past year, or even the past week. It got me thinking about my own personal journey the past year and how God has been present and working, even during times of pain or sorrow.
I recently listened to the song, “Remember,” by Lauren Daigle, and I found that some of the song lyrics kept surfacing as I was making my list. Below are some of those lyrics:
I will lift my eyes even in the pain
Above all the lies, I know You can make a way
I have seen giants fall, I have seen mountains move
I have seen waters part because of You
I remember, I remember
You have always been faithful to me
I remember, I remember
Even when my own eyes could not see
You were there, always there
God is faithful. Even when we don’t believe it, see it, or feel it. During those times when we need extra encouragement to recognize His presence, sometimes it helps to reflect on the different ways we have been able to clearly see Him at work in our lives.
As this year will soon be coming to a close, I encourage you to write a list of 100 ways you have seen God at work this past year. Maybe it’s been a work He has been doing in you, around you in those you love, at your workplace, or even in the community around you. What have been some things from this past year that have blown you away because of God’s goodness? What have been some of the ways God has created a clear path ahead of you when you thought there would be no way? What have been the pleasant surprises which have created an even greater delight in God and how He works things together for your good?
He is at work in every moment of every day of our lives. He is faithful. He is present. And He loves each one of us with an unconditional love which can never be fully comprehended. I pray as you reflect on your list of 100 ways God has worked in your life this year that you will have a renewed sense of amazement and awe at God’s remarkable love for you, and His incredible goodness.