Banana Butt has become a thing. At least for me it has.
Remember, it’s the game that you yell out “Banana Butt No Slapbacks” whenever you see a yellow car on the road? When our family plays it, Luci usually says, “God loves you.” Without her knowing, I’ve now associated seeing a yellow car with believing God says, “I love you.”
There’s also the connection that when you go looking for God, He will meet you.
Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
In my case, God meets me in a goofy game. It’s as if we have an inside joke, just me and God. But, I’ll share it with you. Every time you see a yellow car, believe God is saying “I love you.”
But the goofy game is just one example. You have to know that.
“Earth’s crammed with Heaven.”
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I read that the other day on someone’s insta post and immediately loved it. I like the visual of our big, vast Earth; the roads we take to work, the paths we walk to get to classes, the grocery stores, the Targets, the games, the offices, the friends we meet with, our dogs have little messages from Heaven tucked in them. And it has become my JOY to find them. To find God meeting me.
Earth is crammed with Heaven. What a beautiful thought. Our divided, hurt world has sprinklings of light and hope. I also believe, if you are bold enough to ask for a message, you will see God. What you laugh off as a coincidence may just be so much more.
I am at a crossroads again with my medical SHtuff (typo intended!). Yes, I still hurt. I don’t want to go into it though. This weekend, I scribbled out my frustrations and fears and penned my prayer in black ink, “Guide me Father.” There’s my ask. Here’s the answer. The first words of my devotional were “I will be your Guide to the end.” Heaven typed out in a devotional, timed just for me. See how special I am? haha
It gets better. The 3 readings for that day Psalm 48:14, Psalm 78:23-24 and Psalm 25:5 – all have the word GUIDE in them.
Then there’s Honey. Pain came creeping in and put me to bed early. Honey hopped up next to me and snuggled close. She provided just enough pressure and warmth to comfort me. I was trying to withdraw from everyone and that fluffy Golden sought me out.
It’s powerful and overwhelming to discover your message.
Google “Lauren Daigle Rescue.” Pull up the song on You-Tube and close your eyes while you listen. It feels like God has a woman’s voice and She is singing hope over you.
If these detailed, tailored-just to you messages can make you smile, comfort you, put a pep in your step, encourage you; KNOW that God is that good, that aware, that concerned, that strong, that funny.
God isn’t contained in a 4 walled building, with or without kneelers. God is bigger, more creative and more present than that.
This post, by the way, is inspired by God taking our inside joke to the next level. When I picked up my groceries at Walmart, here is the gift they gave me.
I see you God.