God Works

I have been thinking about God’s work lately. One of my former bosses, Dr. M, was a dentist. Often times, if I was leaving the office late, he would still be there, working on a set of dentures or something else. I would say “Dr. M., why are you still here?” And he would say “Someone has to do God’s work.”

Sadly, Dr. M. was still working into his early 90’s when he developed Alzheimer’s. I’ve often wondered why this would happen to a man so willing to work until the end. Maybe this was God’s way of letting him finally rest.

So God’s work has been in my head lately. Are we doing God’s work when my friends and I make 240 sandwiches for FOCUS Pittsburgh? Is it in the tubs of food we ask for and deliver to the local food pantry in our church’s town? Is it the work my son’s girlfriend Jess does for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore she manages?

Jani and I at Red Robin
Jani and I at Red Robin

Today I got a different answer. God works to bring people together. After a good fifteen year break, an old friend of mine, Jani, found me on Facebook. She said she was thinking about me and I showed up one morning. She sent me a friend request. I practically fell off my chair.

Year ago, when my kids were toddlers, I was a Tupperware manager. Yes, you heard correctly. And I was a good one! I had a company car and got my husband through nursing school by doing parties in the evenings. I recruited Jani and she was with me for a good while. She was a go-getter; she had a warm and sparkly personality.

When we both quit home parties, I’d bump into her every now and then. She said the last time we saw each other was at a restaurant and her daughter had just been born. That was a long time ago. I never forgot her. I’d think about her from time to time and wonder how she was.

We had lunch yesterday and caught up. Talking non stop, we reviewed kids, careers, marriage and life. She lifted me up. I’m sure this will not be the last time we have lunch together!

So this is how God works. It is not just through the good things we do. It is in the spectacular work that God will do for two people. It’s a miracle really, to connect again after all these years. To be brought together and see an old friend. I am in awe of it.

There is nothing unpremeditated, nothing neglected by God. His unsleeping eye beholds all things. Saint Basil


Join me on my graceful journey.

20 Replies to “God Works”

  1. What a wonderful story! Social media has brought me back together with many people I probably wouldn’t have seen again! I even make visits to an old high school friend who lives about an hour and a half from me! They were neighbors of ours and I have even gotten to take my dad there! I need to make arrangements to do it again…

  2. This is beautiful!!!!
    I know Jani and she is an awesome, beautiful, kind and loving friend!!!
    I didn’t realize you both sold TUPPERWARE!!
    God is GOOD!!!

  3. What a wonderful “full circle” of blessings, Joanne. I’ve never believed in coincidences bringing people together so poignantly. It’s all part of God’s plan, loving reminders that He really does provide what we need.

  4. adored your blog. Had to share with my friend Miss Florida.

    Okay, her real name is Kathy. I am blessed to have way too many Kathy’s in my life so I make up perfect names for them.
    Anyhoo, Miss Florida and I met in Oklahoma. Army life moved us and our lives………….20 years later……………..we hugged in Florida. We visit almost daily again, me in Washington her in Florida.

    I shared your blog post with her.

    You somehow managed to write about her and I.

    Thanks, simply thanks for reminding us how blessings are full circle.


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