A few days ago, I was feeling a little down and so I flipped open my Bible. I don't do this as often as I should--usually I pray in moments when I'm feeling sad or lonely. Or make myself a cup of tea. Both together make for a winning combination.
But I'm trying to read the Bible more often and trying to grow and develop that side of my faith. I don't want the Bible to be reserved for Sundays. So I flipped open to a random page and read:
"Brothers and sisters: If God is for us, who can be against us? He did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us. Who will condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things, we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
-Romans 8: 31-39
Not only was this a perfect verse to bring my mood up--remembering there is nothing that can separate us from God's love--but it was also one of the readings we had in our wedding. One of my favorite ones, too. And I was pointed right to it on a bad day! A little tear showed up in my eye as I was reading.
Then, just a few days later, something else happened. My husband and I were listening to a Tim Keller sermon and we (again randomly) chose one called "Does God Control Everything?" And guess what scripture passage was at the center of this sermon? The very same one from Romans Chapter 8. I was astonished when the reader began to say these familiar words. How unlikely that the same verse--one that already has so much meaning for me--would show up in my life twice in one week. I think the Holy Spirit must be at work.
Do you have a favorite verse? Or a story that reminds you of God's presence in your life?