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A small providence, I think


I love small providences—the smaller, the better. I love seeing the hand of God in the little things that most people brush off as coincidences. I’ll admit that this small pleasure of mine probably gives me a propensity for reading more into some incidents than I should—I don’t want to become like John Eldredge and start interpreting heart-shaped cow-pies as love notes from God, for pete’s sake. I don’t know what God has in mind when he arranges things as he does, but agreeing with Westminster that “God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass,” I don’t think I’m entirely crazy most of the time.

One such “coincidence“ occurred this week. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that Sundays are reserved for sermons and hymns. in addition to the hymns I post here on Saturday and Sunday, I usually retweet a couple of others, one from Rebecca Stark (author of God: The Doctrine of God for Every Woman), and another from Kim Shay (both Canadians, so I get points for multiculturalism). Anyway, getting to the point, Kim posted The Church’s One Foundation, and Rebecca posted Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation, two hymns that I love, and that couldn’t be more complementary.

Not such a big deal, I suppose, but I appreciate and enjoy the convergence. As I said, I don’t know what God is thinking or why he does what he does. I don’t want to be narcissistic and squeal, “Ooh, a gift for me!” à la Eldredge, but I do enjoy enjoying these little things, and I reckon I’ll just keep on enjoying them, if that’s okay with you. Feel free to join in.



Posted 2018·08·23 by David Kjos
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