God Winks, God Nudges, & God’s Hand On Things

God Winks, God Nudges, & God’s Hand On Things

**This article was originally published on Medium on March 9, 2023**

This week I have been thinking a lot about God winks, God nudges, and God’s hand on things. I don’t know where I originally heard these terms, but I have definitely seen them used in many places.

My interpretation is that a God wink is something that may seem like just a coincidence. Being a follower of Christ and knowing that God is in control of everything, I don’t believe in coincidences. A God nudge takes it a step further to where you know this is not a coincidence. Non-believers and believers alike will notice, but as a believer, I know that this is God trying to nudge me toward something. God’s hand on something is exactly what it sounds like. In my personal experience, this has been a situation where I had no clue how it was going to work out well and then it did, even if not the way I originally thought or wanted it to. Most of the time, it is only through hindsight and reflecting on something that has already occurred that I see where God’s hand was in it and on it the entire time.

I bring all this up because there was definitely a God nudge for me this week about keeping Him at the center of everything. Now, as a follower of Christ, this is something I already know. But as a human prone to forgetting and making mistakes, this is something that I need to be reminded of occasionally.

I served in the nursery on Sunday during worship service. I serve every fourth Sunday of the month. My general routine when I miss worship service is to watch the live stream on YouTube. For whatever reason, I didn’t do this on Sunday afternoon like I normally would. I had a fibromyalgia flare at the beginning of the week and was barely out of bed until Wednesday so needless to say, it didn’t get done. Here comes Wednesday, March 1, and I’m trying to get my life back on track. I’m setting up my new planner and trying to process all the notes from my old one from February (if you want to see a flip-through of my Jan/Feb. planner, check it out here).

Trying to get my planner situation together spurred me to watch my pastor’s sermon so that I could write it in my old planner before I put it on the shelf. His sermon was about the model prayer that Jesus gave us (found in both Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:2–4). The message of the sermon was two-fold about what it will look like when we are praying like Jesus: first, it will be frequently practiced, and second, it will be God-focused.

In the model prayer, God comes before us. Before we even ask Him for our daily bread or to forgive us our sins, we recognize that God’s name is holy and set apart, and it is to be honored. We ask for His kingdom to come and His will to be done before we ask for our needs. This was something I already knew, so on its own, it didn’t hit me in any way. But when I paired it with the chapter we are going through this week in the Women’s Bible Study that I am leading at church, it hit different. In this week’s chapter of Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin we were focused on recognizing that the Bible is first and foremost a book about God and looking for Him before we look for it to tell us who we are or what we are supposed to do. Needless to say, that God wink turned into a God nudge and really got my attention. Was I really seeking Him first, or looking for what I wanted first?

As I go into each new day, I will continue focusing on this and praying that God continues to help me seek Him and His kingdom before anything else. I want His will to be done long before He does anything for me. Most importantly, I want my wants and desires to line up with His will. I am not perfect and this will not always be the case (it probably won’t be most of the time) but I thank God for His grace and I will continue striving for it with my heart and life surrendered to Him.

So with this, I’ll ask you, is God the center of your life? Are you seeking His kingdom come and His will be done before you ask for your needs and wants? Pray about it as you go through your week.

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