Seeing God in the Strangest Places

The other morning, I was in Starbucks as I do on occasion. I made my order, gave them my card and moved “soup-Nazi-style,” to the end of the counter to wait for my decaf. Before me the barista saw this man in line and automatically started making his drink because she knew what he would order… what he likes… so she takes the initiative and made his drink without even asking him. The response from the man was more than simple appreciation. This was a person who felt as though someone – even a barista at Starbucks – knew him in some way. It probably changed his whole day.

One simple act – It hit me as I was watching this unfold that this is what life with God is like. We sit in line, waiting to get to the front so we can make our demands known. We impatiently wait for the line to shorten so we can say what we need to say, get what we need to get.

Once in the front of the line, before we can even finish our order, we see that what we were going to order is already made for us. Many times, what we get is way better than what we were going to order. God knew what we liked and already had it ready for us. He thought ahead and acted intentionally.

Piping hot. Fresh. Sweet. Made specifically for us. This is the goodness of God. David says: “I will see the goodness of God in the land of the living.” I can officially say that I saw the goodness of God the other day while waiting in line at Starbucks.

What about you? Seen God lately?

Dear Lord, help me to see You where ever I am and where ever I look… for as I see you in circumstances around me I am more apt to express your presence through my living. Amen.

Grace and Peace

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