The God Who Pays Attention

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On a sultry summer day in 1958, a barefoot boy with short-cropped hair walked briskly on the hot sidewalk at the edge of Ashbel Smith Elementary school in Baytown, Texas. He was carefree and full of wonder, strumming his fingers through the wire mesh of a chain-link fence as he bounded happily along. Inside the fence was playground equipment he intended to put to good use.

Suddenly a voice brought him to a screeching halt. “Steve, don’t step there!” The little boy froze as if stunned by a Taser. Looking down, he saw, beneath where his right foot was about to step, a large, jagged-edged piece of broken glass.

He looked around. There was no one near who could have spoken those words, but no matter; he was certain of their source. Off he ran like lightening to tell his mother the story.

In less than three seconds, God had made Himself known to a youngster and answered life’s most pressing and complex questions. Does God care about us? Does He watch over us? Does He speak and guide and protect us as the Bible declares?

Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes! He had not left His creation to chance after all! He was involved enough to walk alongside a happy-go-lucky six-year-old, so completely attentive to his circumstances that He could speak a word of caution and spare a dirty foot from harm.

God, with so much to do and watch over, watches over the least of His children.

That little boy gave his heart to Jesus and grew up learning there was even more to love about this amazing Savior.

What about you? Do you see Him walking in your life? Or do you have questions that need divine answers? Are you convinced that God can do all things, but will He do those things for you? Do you worry that your prayers are unheeded because your faith is too small, your problems too large, your failures too many?

Then read the pages of The Spirit Today. Here you will find stories of what God has done — is doing — in the world today. He is busy, active, and living up to His promises.

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God” (1 John 3:1).


Steve Lestarjette