I am so excited to introduce to you one of my sweet sponsors. Madison from The Wetherills Say I Do has become so much more than a sponsor. She has become my friend. We email, text, and ask each other for advice. And most importantly we encourage each other. It has been the sweetest thing to get to know this lovely lady, and it is with great joy that I hand over the reigns to her here at Oh, Simple Thoughts today! This is an insightful post, and such a testimony to the hand of our God. The blog is all yours Madison...
Have you ever thought about how God has orchestrated something in your life? When I think back on the timing of events in my life, it blows my mind how obvious it is that God's hand was in it. Of course at the time, it was never so obvious.
Best friend stories are always heartwarming. I want to tell you a story about how God used someone and something completely unexpected to bring together me and one of my best friends.
At the end of my sophomore year, I was looking for a new living situation. I knew it would only be for a semester because I was studying abroad in the spring. That basically meant I could make myself content with any living situation since it wouldn't be permanent. A friend had an open room in her suite for the fall and I took her up on the offer.
The next semester I moved in and met my new roommates. Within the first few days or weeks, Kelsey and I just clicked. We bonded over our love of coffee and music. Eventually our talks grew deeper and deeper and we stopped talking about our favorite songs and started talking about our favorite Bible verses. Our late night chats about my fiancé and her boyfriend eventually turned into sitting on my bedroom floor reading through 1 Corinthians together. Kelsey told me on a few occasions how I was challenging her faith, something I had never done before with a friend and something I honestly had no intention of doing. We grew a lot that semester and have continued growing together ever since.
I don't bring this story up to brag about my friendship or to make myself seem high and mighty. I bring this story up because the more time that passes, the more I realize that God completely orchestrated our friendship from the start. Kelsey was randomly put in a room with that mutual friend freshman year. Our friend was an art major, but I hadn't ever interacted with her until we both ended up on a 10 day trip to Italy during my freshman year. Had I not been going to Italy for that semester, I probably wouldn't have opted to room with strangers. Do you see where I'm going here? You could call it coincidence but I see God's hand in this relationship.
The Bible says, "He has made everything beautiful in its time..." (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and it reminds me of how perfect God's timing really is. He is in the inventor of time so it only makes sense that he would use time to play out His plans for our lives. It's not always easy to comprehend or accept, especially when death, sickness, divorce, etc, ever comes at a good time. But when we look at the good things He has done in our lives, doesn't His timing seem good? Even when it's hard, we have to choose to believe it's also good, perfect and right in the bad as well.
The other thing that completely fascinates me in this situation (and many others in my life) is how God uses unexpected people. We expect God to use His people for His glory. But what about when He uses nonbelievers? God is capable of all things (Matthew 19:26) so why is it that my mind is always blown when He uses nonbelievers in some part of His plan? The mutual friend we had was struggling with her faith and I don't believe that she felt "called" to ask me to be her roommate, for her, it was just coincidence. But again, without that friend, I wouldn't be friends with Kelsey, we would have never even met. We always think of God in the big ways, but the little places I see God working are where I feel most close to God. The fact that He cares enough for me to put me into a living situation that is not only good, but also leads me to meeting one of my best friends, is just a testament of how God is working in all situations of our lives. Not just the big praise worthy ones, but the little details of our lives too.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
Think about an unexpected time in your life where you saw God working. Does God surprise you sometimes? Was there a time in your life where God clearly orchestrated the events of your life?
Thanks again Madison for sharing your heart today! It is a joy to know you, and I am so thankful to have you here today! Y'all please go check this girl out, she is a killer designer/photographer! Go check out her awesome space and amazing talent!!