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By Richard Gazowsky
There is something that happens when you shut the door on a car that has been built well. Though the incident is inconsequential, a person who recognizes quality gets a gratifying feeling when he hears that telltale, hand-in-glove-fit sound. The same thing happens when you close a high quality cabinet door, when you hear the sealing of a bank vault, the quality says much more than the door itself because it makes a statement about the security of the entire operation.
So it is with a person’s life that is in perfect sync with the Holy Ghost. After God gives you your morning instructions, at the end of the day you have the feeling you have completed everything the Lord instructed you to do, and there is that “click” (or knowing sense in your spirit) that the events of the day fit perfectly into the schedule God set for you. Jesus said, “The Son can do nothing unless He sees the Father do it.” When you read about Christ’s daily events, especially the miracles that occurred in the Lord’s life, you realize that Jesus would first see the Father do something and then He would follow that pattern. Like the combination on a sophisticated safe lock, the tumblers would fall into place and the miracle would happen. Everything in your life has the possibility of becoming a miracle ~ no matter how insignificant the event appears…
Many times I have seen the smallest events that God has told me to do suddenly become important keys to new experiences. One such incident occurred this week with my 90-year-old mother, Marilynn Gazowsky. The Lord told me to take her on a family excursion to a Farmer’s Market in Santa Rosa, a city north of San Francisco. We arrived there; we bought some fresh fruit from the local growers (which she enjoyed immensely), then drove on and stopped at a small country market to get something to drink. While inside, I was surprised to see some containers of Vernor’s ginger soda on the shelf. I bought a six-pack and brought it back to my mother.
The reason this obscure drink interested me was because it brought back memories of when I was a kid in Detroit, Michigan. My mother and father would take me to the Vernor’s Soda Shop to get some refreshment. The ginger drink was so sparkly that even to this day I remember how it tickled my nose. When I got to the car I opened a can and poured out some for my mother to drink. When she smelled the ginger and felt the sparkly soda popping against her face, she began to laugh and giggle like a little kid. My mother then told our family about one of her first jobs as a waitress at a Vernor’s Soda Shop when she was just seventeen years old. It was so fun and exciting to hear mother relate a story that I had never heard before. Before you knew it, one story led to another and then another…
That day ended with the tumblers perfectly lined up, and the safe opening with such a distinctive quality click, that I felt that night it had been a perfect day and everything that God had planned had been completed. The results became even more fulfilling after I woke up the next morning. There was my mother dressed in her best clothes, sitting in her favorite chair. “Richard,” she said happily, “I have decided that I am going to become the oldest person in the world and I am not going to die any time soon. So I told the girls to dress me in my fanciest clothes so I can go out with you again today.” Yes, again I felt the click-click-click of God’s prophetic combination falling into perfect alignment as He began to open up another door of memories and future blessings that the prophets said would be coming in our family.
What I’ve described to you is very personal so it makes it hard for me to explain through the details. But I am realizing that obedience to God is really about doing His will at such a wonderful level that it fulfills every dream you could have ever imagined as a blessing to your own personal life. Man, I know this sounds almost impossible to believe, but I am finding it to really be true. God loves you so much that He wants to satisfy all the desires of your heart. But the process of doing it is not coming up with an “I want” list and then staying focused on that until you think you are done. As a matter of fact, I’ve found it is the opposite of what you should do.
The way to see your dreams fulfilled is to drop them on the ground of self-desire and look up into the face of God and ask Him what He is planning for today. Suddenly you place the will of God on your high priority list and you being to daily fulfill even the littlest requests from His presence. Suddenly your dreams begin being accomplished all around you. No wonder the Lord told Isaiah, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth so are My ways above your ways.” God’s plans are at such lofty levels that they are incomprehensible to the human mind. The closest comparison I can think of that gives it justice is that you will never understand the beauty and elegance of a rose by tearing it apart petal by petal. At that point it is only good for compost…
Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called A Place To Meet Jesus. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”
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