God, is that you?

Brett and I are sitting at the gate in the Albany airport – a full hour before the flight boards.  Plenty of time for my mind to conjure up all that can go dreadfully wrong in this short flight to Chicago.

I hate short flights.  And I especially hate small planes which gyrate with the wind and my only solace is searching the faces of the flight attendants — assuming they aren’t seat-belted in the back.

May as well take a walk, lest I go into full panic mode.

Strolling through the drab terminal, I suddenly hear a man’s voice belting out a familiar song.  It sounds dramatic — like the beginning of a flash mob performance that goes viral on You Tube.  But it remains one voice.

Then I see him.  Tending his mundane kiosk, grinning broadly, and singing theatrically.

Praise the Lord, oh my soul. 

Worship his holy name.   

Sing like never before, oh my soul. 

Worship his holy name.

“I love that song!”  I beam.

Then it dawns on me.  The lyrics to that song are from Psalm 103 which, out of the entire Bible, is the exact psalm I have been memorizing for the last month.


I smile to myself.  Surely God is reminding me of his presence.  He will hold the plane in His hands as He holds my life.  My only job is to tell that soul of mine to get back to the the business of praise.


Some call these coincidences God-Winks – when God communicates in a way that cannot be explained by chance.  It’s just too intimate.

Do you have a story like this?

John Ortberg has authored a book called, God is Closer than you Think.  Ortberg reminds us that “the face of God is waiting to be discovered in the complex mosaic of your life. God’s hand is stretching toward you.”

Let’s look for that hand, even today.

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