Driving home after a hot day at work, a beautiful walk on the beach, and time for myself renewing my soul, I had the radio on.
It was one of those days when you hear the music but none of the lyrics register, you aren’t dancing, and it is as if the noise isn’t truly in the realm you are in.
It was in this musical haze that 5 words stuck out. As the radio host was giving some lady some advice, (honestly, I have no clue what about) I tuned in for 5 words that shook everything.
These five words carry power and beauty. Whatever the lady had said ended with “I’m so lucky” and the announcer responded with “That’s not luck, that’s God.”
Not more than two hours before as I drove my mom’s Subaru to the public beach parking at my favorite place on Hilton Head Island, I had been thinking “man, I am so lucky I got off work early, I needed some beach time.” Less than ten hours before as I arrived at work I had thought “Today I got a great parking spot, I am really lucky.” And the day before when I got to spend a few hours shopping and going to the movies with my grandma after church, “I am so lucky to be able to be here and spend time with grandma.”
Now, imagine with me for a second what would happen if I filled in my “luck” with “God.”
“God is so good, I am off work early.” “Thank you Lord for the great parking spot today.” “God, I am so happy to be able to spend this time with my grandma.”
Each of these statements have an element of praise in them that when I attributed the positives to luck the statements lacked. Every good and perfect thing is sent from above, as James 1:17 tells us “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
How many times a day do we think of how lucky we are?
Lucky we made that B in Accounting, lucky we met our best friend, lucky we can run and move when others can’t, lucky we have family who loves us, lucky that we have friends who have taken the place of the family who didn’t love us, lucky we have food to eat and shelter to be, lucky that we didn’t step in that puddle, lucky, lucky, lucky.
As people who live in the part of the world most of us do, without the need to truly want for our daily needs, we are extremely lucky.
However, what would our days look like if we lived these moments many of us attribute to a “luck” or a “winning streak” or a “good day” to God?
Wouldn’t we be singing his praise every moment of every day?
Isn’t that what we were made for?
Next time you are feeling lucky, stop for a moment and think “This isn’t luck, this is God.”