“God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform,” says 18th century English Christian poet William Cowper’s hymn.
While it might sometimes seem like a trite saying, there is a lot of truth in it.
If you are going through one of those times when life seems overwhelming and all you can see is greyness, it’s hard to celebrate the vibrant technicolour world God has given us.
As anyone who has experienced this knows, it’s not a comfortable way to be but, other than waiting for it to pass, what can we do about it?
Reaching out to a friend is always a good idea and modern technology makes it pretty easy to text someone trusted so you can put your feelings into words. Sharing our situation somehow makes it easier to bear.
And if that friend responds immediately, asking if you are free for coffee, it often feels like a lifeline—one of those ‘mysterious wonders’ that can suddenly improve life.
Having someone respond with a sympathetic shoulder at a time of need reminds us how important it is to build and maintain our friendships. It sounds like a no-brainer, and the wonderful thing is that there is the possibility your friends will do the same for you in your time of need.
Personally, I experienced this recently when a friend was finding it a little tough to get back into the world of employment. I offered to make some contacts for her with a school I had worked at. It was a very simple thing for me to do, and I thought no more about it.
But it was wonderful to receive an excited text telling me that she been offered work there and she wanted to thank me for facilitating it.
I think I was almost as delighted as my friend—to see a great result from what was to me a small favour warmed my heart. It feels so good to make a positive difference in other’s lives.
This is something The Salvation Army specialises in—there are so many heartwarming My Story accounts in Warcry that relate how a friendly Salvo face and shoulder has been a lifeline when someone is at rock bottom. God-inspired caring can transform a life.
So I think William Cowper got it just right—God does indeed work in mysterious ways that can catch us unawares and make a wonderful difference in our day-to-day lives.