One of the ways I know God is speaking is when he says the same thing again and again. Not that he's beating me over the head to say, "Don't you get it yet?" But more of a reminder, an assurance, "Are you paying attention? Are you listening? Do you see that this is something I want to tell you?"
Does that make sense?
I was catching up on some blog reading this morning. (My Google reader is hugely full and I have to go ahead and admit that sometimes I just push the "mark all as read" button even when I haven't read them at all. It kind of makes me feel bad. I wish there was a "I wish I could read all these posts, but something has to give and this is it" button.)
Anyway, I was catching up on some blog reading (well, it was more of blog "skimming") this morning and saw the same verse three times. Three times in my quick perusing, three times in three different places.
I could go off on a tangent over the three (three in the Trinity; three dimensions of time with past, present, future; three wheels on a tricycle, three holes in a Twinkie). But maybe I should just pay attention to what the verse said.
It's one I've memorized in the past, one that I memorized during a particularly hard season (spring 2005 is what is marked in my Bible), one I've taught, one that fits the season we're in remarkably well.
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
It's a little weird how well it fits. And a little bit weirder because of some things that happened just last night. Yesterday morning, it wouldn't have jumped out to me quite the same way.
God's timing is perfect. That's something I know. Something I believe. Something I trust.
And it's something that continues to catch me off guard at times, to cause me to catch my breath in amazement, to raise goosebumps.
Isn't he amazing?