Those of us who are getting up in years have discovered the truth of Art Linkletter’s comment, “Old age ain’t for sissies.”
Yeah, with all the doctors bills and pills, surgeries, and for many, getting all the bills paid, they just aren’t those “Golden Years.”
I confess that I’ve always had a difficult time believing that this omnipotent creative God that has created the universe, would or could think of me — and personally let me know He cares.
Yes, I confess I’ve always been a “doubting Thomas.” As Thomas exclaimed, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.” I was comforted by learning that when Mother Theresa, missionary to the “untouchables” of India, went to be with her Lord, in her writings described how she too was always troubled with honest doubt.
But there have been too many so called coincidences that have happened, “winks” from God, telling me He’s taking care of me — that I’ve just had to believe it’s God himself speaking and cares.
I’ll never forget in my first pastorate in Traverse City, even though we were living with “hand me down” furniture, watching every penny with our small income, we actually ran out of money. We had no milk to feed our baby. My God, what were we going to do?
Would you believe in the mail that same day we received a letter from a friend living in California that I had met at the Bible College I was attending some 14 years before? I had heard nothing from him since that time. In that envelope there was a check for $15! He said he just felt like he should send this to us.
Just a coincidence? No way! As I look back it was truly a “God wink,” He was telling us that He was taking care of us!
In 2002 when we received the devastating news that Lorie had third stage ovarian cancer (no cure known), I lay in my bed one night, couldn’t sleep, and started praying: God if you gave “signs” to the prophets of old that you’d be with them when everything was going wrong, could you give me a sign that everything’s going to OK?”
The very next morning I turned on the TV, a black and white movie of World War II was about a young man from the West who when wounded, dying, had his horse appear to him in a swamp, saved his life, and did miraculous things for all in the troop.
When the movie was over, instead of the words “The End,” always on the last screen, the words “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, and shall say unto this mountain be thou removed, it shall remove — and nothing shall be impossible unto you!”
Tears streamed down my face! That was the very text I had used when preaching at a chapel service in 1946! Coincidence? No way! “Winks” are God’s way of giving us a sign to let us know that He was still with us.
Remember, He doesn’t close His eyes on us — He “winks”! If God “watches the sparrow fall,” he’s surely going to take care of each one of us! Yes, and that includes you!