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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

God Meets Us in the Most Banal Ways

By Steve Wickham

Riding a bicycle is not only good exercise, an excuse
to enjoy God's green earth, and good for the environment; it's also a
way to be touched by God... let me continue.

As I rode
one Saturday morning recently, having barely warmed up, I noticed as we
occasionally do, a wheelie bin with its contents strewn over the
roadway--it was mainly a mix of magazines, junk mail, old cartons, but
with some perishable waste. Someone had had some 'fun' messing up
someone's day!

Something within me, which nowadays I associate as
the Spirit of God, caused me to get off my bike and do something to
neaten up the roadway; call it my 'good deed for the day.'

As I
commenced this little 'recovery' project I noticed across the road, two
little girls (each around 5-6 years of age) who'd noticed what I was
doing and wanted in.

I barely had time to consider this when
they'd already charged across the road (without looking out for
traffic) toward me. Being rather conscious of stranger-danger, apart
from seeing them take a risk like crossing the road without looking,
left me feeling cautious and distracted. I greeted them and gave them a
gentle lesson on the "whys" of looking before crossing the road.[1]

The
next thing that grabbed me was the fact they were so willing to
help. Even when I said it was safer for them not to help because it
entailed crossing the road, they were still keen and came up with an
innovative suggestion all their own... 'You give us the rubbish and
we'll put it in the bin for you,' was their idea. I agreed so as to
encourage their altruism.

As we worked together to clean the mess up we worked as a team, and they even warned me
to watch out for cars and trucks passing by! After we finished,
prompted again by the stranger-danger voice within me, I ascertained
where these girls lived and kindly introduced myself to the parent
there as the 'stranger' the girls might later refer to me as.

As
I continued on my morning ride I reflected. All I did was obey the
Voice within me. I think now of the amount of times I'm hardly aware of
the Voice or times when I choose not to obey--I'm a little hard of
hearing at times.

In this, God showed me so saliently how he
could 1) use me positively, and 2) how the most ugly jobs and
experiences can turn out beautifully. He also showed me to back my
instincts with these little girls and allow them to help me--they showed me how to be generous-hearted. The legalist 'me' would have seen their suggestions of help negatively. 

Additionally,
God's Spirit filled me again to overflowing as I reflected; I'm so
thankful that he gives me these leadings and experiences.

Copyright © 2009, S. J. Wickham.  All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

[1]
A key to unlocking the heart of a child toward behavioural obedience is
to explain the "whys" in ways they can identify with. I asked them what
could happen if they were hit by a car i.e. they could be killed, and
how their Mum and Dad would feel about that--how their parents would be
upset. Then I said I'd also be upset to see this happen too; all the
while maintaining (and watching for) eye contact and attention. This is
something that was reinforced for me during a recent session of a Growing Families Australia course. More information, www.gfi.org.au

Steve
Wickham is a safety and health professional (BSc, MSIA, RSP) and a
qualified lay Christian minister (GradDipDiv). His passion in vocation
is facilitation and coaching; encouraging people to soar to a higher
value of their potential. Steve's key passion is work / life balance
and re-creating value for living, and an exploration of the person
within us.



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