Lenten Devotional: Saturday, March 16

Psalm 55Psalm 138Psalm 139:1-17(18-23)Deuteronomy 11:18-28Hebrews 5:1-10John 4:1-26

If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.
Psalm 139: 9-10

But even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you. Psalm 139:12

A Godwink is an occurrence or item seemingly so coincidental that God must have played a role in presenting it.

Before me lies a Godwink, found wedged in the far corner of my Grandmother’s closet after she died. At 103, she owned a lifetime of furniture and personal treasures we needed to remove from her apartment.

Before closing her apartment door for the last time, I did a final check of every room, ensuring nothing was left behind. The last room I entered was her bedroom closet. To my amazement, near the back wall was a tiny blue object. How could I have missed it? The apartment was completely emptied and thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed. What was this little object?

Annoyed, I picked it up and discovered part of a craft project my Grandmother had made years ago. I turned it over in my hand and realized I was holding a piece of wood that looked like a tiny angel. God winked at me and I knew at that moment that my Grandmother was safe in God’s loving embrace. My family would be OK. I stopped to think how blessed we were to have had my Grandmother in our lives for so many years.

God’s hand guided me to that closet and his strength lifted me up during a dark time. He found me in emotional darkness and brought me into the light.

Loving God, please help me to recognize the Godwinks you send to me as greetings along life’s path. Let me be open to recognizing them and to be grateful for these gifts. Amen.