by Luke Kincaid
Seth and I went for a really nice walk this past Saturday. While out and about I thought it would be cool to have an impromptu adventure and walk to my parents’ house. So we set off, and after about 5 minutes, I realized how hot it was getting and that I had completely forgotten both Seth’s hat and juice bottle. I also had a sudden feeling of this not being the right thing to be doing in this moment. So we set off back home, and while walking, Seth led us down a little cul-de-sac which I was happy about because of the abundance of shade present! We walked around for about 10 minutes, played on some large rocks, and set off on the final leg of our journey back home.
As we walked back to the main road I noticed a young girl, about the same age as Seth, standing at an open entrance of a nearby complex. Her and her dog strolled casually into the road and down toward the cul-de-sac as I stood there confused, not immediately comprehending what was going on. Seth walked after her, seeing an opportunity to make a new friend, while I tried to talk to her to figure out what was going on. Eventually, we all began making our way back to her complex. Upon arriving I flagged down someone inside learning it was her sister and soon her mother came running out to fetch her as they were trying to find where she had gone.
What I believe happened is that this little girl and her furry companion curiously wandered out the gate, moments after a car had left the complex, at the exact same time Seth and I were walking past the gate. While thinking through all of this I couldn’t help but contemplate how this situation could have played out in many different ways with most of them having potential devastating out comes. The only explanation I can come up with for why we were there at the right time is that our God knew this was going to happen and helped Seth lead us down that cul-de-sac after our failed adventure which resulted in her being led safely back home not long after leaving.
One of God’s primary attributes is that He is omniscient which means that He is all knowing:
“God knows everything (1 John 3:20). He knows not only the minutest details of our lives but those of everything around us, for He mentions even knowing when a sparrow falls or when we lose a single hair (Matthew 10:29-30). Not only does God know everything that will occur until the end of history itself (Isaiah 46:9-10), but He also knows our very thoughts, even before we speak forth (Psalm 139:4). He knows our hearts from afar; He even saw us in the womb (Psalm 139:1-3, 15-16). Solomon expresses this truth perfectly when he says, “For you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind” (1 Kings 8:39)” – Got Questions
It blows my mind to try and understand the fact that God knows absolutely everything and this interaction reminded and taught me a lot about God. I was reminded that we can always trust the God who always knows what is going to happen, even when we don’t. It also reminded me to be a bit more aware of some nudges that we may be feeling from the Holy Spirit while also having my eyes opened to the fact that God can speak to my two year old as clearly as He does to me. At the end of the day we worship an incredible God and my prayer is that this story helps you do that in some small way.