For many years now, the Lord has often spoken to me with a consistent theme, I am considerate of you. Growing up in the Church since infancy, this started out as a very unique and somewhat odd perspective. God considerate of me? No, this can’t be right. God is the boss, the ruler of all, creator, sustainer, the one we worship and depend on. The big cheese. The mighty one. In my mind, it would be the same as being mindful of the ant on the driveway, so small in comparison and not that important.
Yet He was persistent, I am considerate of you. It started with small things, I would admire the trees blowing in the wind and He would whisper “I knew you would like that”. I would be running late to class and a parking space would open up right in front as if to say “Here you go, save a little time”. I’d be on my period and a bit of a mess, when my husband would come home and surprise me with chocolate and a chick flick, “Through him I consider you”.
Perhaps it is easy for you to discount these small occurrences as mere coincidences, but remember, we’re talking about God here, the boss, the big cheese. He is God, our Heavenly Father, the one spoken of in Ephesians 1:11, “him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will”. And it is His will to be considerate of His children, sometimes in small ways and sometimes in big-blaring-billboard type events.
One such billboard experience for me was in the Fall of 2010. My husband and I had just moved to Texas by way of California and were so excited to get plugged in at Gateway. Desperate to start making friends (when we moved I knew no one here) I attended the Pink Young Women’s Retreat at Sky Ranch. Let me just tell you, God gave me much more than I had hoped for! Friendships were indeed formed, however the richest part of the experience was the group session on the last night. For months I had been secretly struggling to believe a prophetic word I had received about 10 years ago, and I had asked the Lord to bring confirmation. That evening during worship God reminded me of this request and committed to give the confirmation I was seeking. As the message part of the evening began, I learned they were going to ask some of their leadership team to share prophetic words. Silly me, little Ms. Doubting Thomas over here, still didn’t think it would be for me. I was sitting on the far side of the room towards the back and I was NEVER called on for these type of things. Well, you guessed it, towards the end of the evening one of the women, someone I had never met, made the long trek to my side of the room. My heart started racing as she pointed me out and I could barely hold back the tears as she confirmed the word that was spoken to me thousands of miles away some 10 years earlier. All I could wrap my brain around for the rest of that evening was “Lord, how considerate you are of me.” That He would see me, notice me, pick me out of a crowd and answer a desire of my heart.
The truth is, I shouldn’t have been surprised. He has always been, and will always be considerate. 1 Samuel 1, the Lord “remembers” Hannah and gives her a son. In Luke 7 Jesus sees a grieving widow and “his heart went out to her” so he comforted her and raised her son from the dead. Jesus was even considerate when his mom involved him in the catering needs of a wedding in John 2 and he passed crowds of people to minister to a short man in a tree in Luke 19.
This same God is mindful of us. Not just “us” the collective but “us” each one… specifically… individually… you. You, reading this article right now. The consideration I receive is not particular to me alone. He is aware of your needs and your heart desires, no matter how great or small. He is attentive and committed, not absent or easily distracted. Ask Him and He will show you expressions of love and kindness as He proclaims; I am considerate of you.