“Why are you wearing your church shoes to school?” Sara looked down at her brand new patent leather shoes. Church shoes? And that’s how God used a pair of shiny little shoes to get a seven-year-old girl interested in going to church. The only problem was, Sara had never been to church.
From the moment her classmate asked about her shoes, Sara began begging her widowed mother to let her wear her “church shoes” to church. She was so adamant that finally, her mom found a nearby church in the yellow pages and began taking Sara and her sister, Emily, to church.
When Emily shared with me this true story about how her family began to attend church years ago and eventually became strong Believers, I thought it was so amazing that God would use a little pair of brand new patent leather shoes to transform a whole family.
Some might say it was just a “coincidence” that Sara’s classmate noticed her new shoes and asked the potent question that stimulated Sara’s curiosity. But who is really the author of such amazing coincidences? I’ve heard it said that a coincidence is really a “small miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous.”
Our God is in charge of everything. We may believe that He only handles big things (like sunrises or babies being born) and doesn’t have time for little things (like a pair of shoes). But according to Isaiah 46:9-10, God is sovereign over all things. “I am God, and there is no other….I make known the end from the beginning….My purpose will stand and I will do all that I please.”
Here’s what I learn from such “coincidences”:
- God can do something great using something very small
- God will be glorified even in seemingly insignificant circumstances
- God can turn things around in a moment with a mighty miracle packed into a small coincidence
Nothing is too big for God and nothing is too small for God to care about. He is so powerful that He promises to work all things together for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). He doesn’t need lightening bolts to get our attention. He can use the simplest, smallest things to accomplish His great purpose in our lives. He specializes in glorifying Himself in the most unexpected ways, just to help us or show how much He loves us. If we don’t understand this truth about God, we will miss amazing miracles in some of the smallest things or circumstances.
In our ladies prayer group, we pray that God will lead a loved one to Christ or provide a miracle in a difficult situation. Often, when we pray about something that seems impossible from our perspective, one of the ladies will encourage us by exclaiming, “Just remember the patent leather shoes!”
Sara wore her new shoes to school over 60 years ago. If, after reading this, you have more faith and confidence that God can accomplish something big using something small, then… God is still using those patent leather shoes!