He gives us stories /// noticing the fingerprints of God

eye opening

Lately as I’ve been out in my day to day life—at work, at the shops, going about my everyday life—God has been opening my eyes to the people He puts in my path. I’ve been seeing people in a different light. I’ve been noticing the fingerprints of God all around me. The Bible says that everyone is made in the image of God. Even people who don’t know God carry His image around. He has been opening my eyes to this reality more and more. When I’m greeted by a kind response in a shop, I see God’s kindness. At work, I see the empathy and care of my colleagues and I’m reminded of the compassion and care of God towards me. As a teacher, I’m even noticing the goodness of God through the respect shown by my pupils.


Above and beyond

One example that really stands out in my mind is a few months ago when I was moving to my new flat. At the last minute, I received a call that the removal company had to cancel. All my boxes were packed and ready to go and I had to be out of my house that day. My neighbours stepped in and immediately started helping. They worked to help me find another company that could move my things immediately. The removal team that ended up coming went above and beyond to help me. They worked sacrificially and quickly to get my boxes and furniture all moved in. They worked so hard, without complaint, even when they found out that the lift was broken and they would have to carry everything up three flights of stairs. These men weren’t Christians, but I was reminded of the character of God through their interaction with me:

[God’s] invisible attributes,
that is, His eternal power and divine nature,
have been clearly seen since the creation of the world,
being understood through what He has made.
— Romans 1:20

This includes the men and women He has created.

I’ve been so encouraged, as I look around and see all these image-bearers living in my midst. My heart longs for them to look up and see their Creator; to receive the salvation He offers them.


Moved to pray

I’ve been moved to pray more for the people I live around and do life with. I have begun to pray as I drive into work each morning, asking God to go before me. To get to my school before me and to open doors of opportunity to love and serve and care for those that I spend my day with. I’ve been asking Him to grow the fruit of His Spirit in me—increasing my patience and kindness. He has been working and allowing me opportunities that continue to grow. I know that this is Him—these fruits are not there naturally and apart from Him. He is allowing me to see people with His eyes and it has been changing me. May God open the eyes of those in my path to know that they have been fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of their good and loving Creator!

For you formed my inward parts;    
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
— Psalm 139:13–14

HE GIVES US STORIES ///

Throughout Advent, Refuge is posting a selection of stories of God’s work in our lives. Each morning of Advent, we will be sharing these stories for the encouragement and upbuilding of the Church—and to testify to His greatness. For the series introduction click here.

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