God often uses the seemingly insignificant circumstances to teach us small lessons. We are tempted to see these small happenings as coincidences, yet I don’t believe this word should be in our vocabulary as believers in the living God, who is active even in the smallest details of our lives. This truth is expressed by King David, the “sweet Psalmist of Israel,” who writes, “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways” (Psalm 139).
I recently had one of these small lessons just before a Wednesday night service. I was “dialing in” a foot-pedal that I have for my guitar and 7pm was creeping up fast. I found myself getting very distracted with the pedal and in what I truly believe was God’s awesome providence, the pedal froze up. With service about to start, we had to disconnect the pedals and just “plug and play” for the service. God spoke to me in that moment much like he did to Martha in Luke 10:38-42, “Jeremy, you are distracted by many things.” Ultimately one thing is needed in worship of the living God to simply place our focus on the living God and delight in what He has done and is doing in our lives.
Sometimes we get so distracted by little tasks instead of focusing on Jesus and sitting at His feet. As Luke records, “But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made” (Luke 10:40). God was obviously teaching me a lesson in that moment before Wednesday service, because the next day I plugged the pedal in and everything worked fine! So next time you find yourself dismissing even a small circumstance as simply coincidence, ask yourself what the Lord is trying to teach you in the moment. Think about what things you allow yourself to be easily distracted by. Often times it’s these little, and not necessarily bad things (someone had to prepare the food and table in the Martha and Mary situation right?) that push aside the better thing, which is to simply sit at Jesus’ feet.