We're taking a little break from our trust series. Thank you because one of your comments to my last post "Come Cuddle Close"
inspired an upcoming post.
It is an honor to have my friend Scott Grant share from his book, Hooked in the Heart: Appreciating the Artistry of God in Everyday Life.
I was privileged to go through the two year Intern Program under his leadership. I have also appreciated his tender heart toward God and others.
He is giving away two copies of his book, Hooked in the Heart: one in Kindle format and one in paperback.
Here's an excerpt:
It could have been a nice moment, but I missed it.
My wife Karen and I were driving to church Sunday in separate cars because of our different schedules. She arrived first and parked her car. By the time I arrived, she was standing beside her car, waiting for me. When I pulled into the parking lot, she smiled at me and pointed to an open parking space next to her. But I parked in my usual spot, several spaces away from her.
“Didn’t you see me?” Karen asked. Well, yes, I saw her, but I had already made up my mind where I was going to park, and I was preoccupied with my responsibilities for the morning. It wasn’t until I had almost stopped my car that I realized she was inviting me to park next to her.
Two days later, as I shared coffee with a friend, I told him the story. He told me that a few days earlier, he came home from work at dinnertime with a burrito. His wife had prepared a pot of soup and offered it to him, but he ate his burrito. He regretted his actions at home, just as I regretted mine in the parking lot.
I told him, “I hope we learn to be more observant.”
That afternoon Karen and I each had appointments with the same dentist. Hers was at 2:00 p.m. and mine was at 3:00 p.m. When I pulled into the parking lot, she was standing next to her car. Her appointment was over with, but she was waiting for me to arrive.
She smiled at me and pointed to an open parking spot next to her. This time, I smiled back and thought to myself, “Isn’t God good? He’s giving me another chance.” I parked next to her, got out of the car, and gave her a hug.
It was a nice moment, and it was impossible to miss.
The Scriptures say that God goes before us (Isaiah 45:2, Matthew 26:32). I wonder: when we get to where we’re going, does God sometimes stand in front of us, smile at us, and gesture for us to come near? I think he does. We don’t see the invitation with our eyes; we sense it in our hearts. But we don’t respond. We have our own ideas about where we’re going to park and what needs to get done.
I hope we learn to be more observant.
Scott is generously giving away two copies of his book: one in Kindle format and one as a paperback. (The paperback winner must have a U.S. address.)
To enter, leave a comment saying why you would like a copy of his book and Scott will pick the two winners by Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. PST.
Please leave your e-mail in the Disqus comment form so we can contact you if you win. Your e-mail will remain private.
Soul Stops Moment:
What spoke to you from Scott's story?
When have you experienced a second chance?
What helps you to be observant to God's invitations to you?
Scott C. Grant’s experience both as a journalist and a pastor gives him a unique vantage point from which to explore the spiritual life. As a pastor at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, he teaches, writes, counsels, and leads the Intern Program, which trains men and women for ministry. He enjoys looking for God everywhere, especially in the vicinity of trout streams and golf courses. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Sunnyvale. Find Scott on Facebook and on his blog, Hooked in the Heart.
Also linking with encouraging friends: Kelli of Unforced Rhythms and Laura Boggess and Playdates with God.