An agnostic is a person who believes in God, but are unsure who He is and don’t believe people can personally know Him.
Jerry Davich, 56, who is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, describes himself as an agnostic. But he was shocked by what he described as a “God Friended Me” moment.
It is based on a CBS TV series of the same name, “God Friended Me,” about an atheist who has God add him as a friend on Facebook. According to the story line, profoundly impacted by this, the man goes on to impact people’s lives and events around him.
So what was Davich’s “God Friended Me” moment?
Davich says he was standing in the bathroom texting his fiancé about emergency surgery happening to a loved one, when he dropped his Iphone on the floor.
Hoping the screen hadn’t broke, he reached down to pick it up and noticed that the phone had typed the single word “God” and sent it to his fiancé, who replied with two praying hands emoji asking him why he hadn’t finished his sentence about God.
Davich writes in his column:
“God? Of all the words that could have popped up out of the blue, it was God. Really? I don’t know how it got there. I don’t know why. And I’m not quite sure how to explain it.”
He goes on to suggest that he only believed that these “God winks,” that he calls them, happen to people looking for God, not people like him. God winks are described as divine coincidences that God uses to catch people’s attention.
In response to the Christian Post, that asked him if this “God” text had impacted him in any way, Davich responded:
“I’ve been open to the possibility of God’s existence since my teenage years. Still waiting for a credible sight, though every Christian I know keeps telling me I’ve been receiving signs for decades (!!). (My closes friends are pastors and believers, and a Catholic bishop.) They also keep telling me that I am a Christian in the closet.”
We have a tendency to look for God in the big things. We want big demonstrations that God is speaking to us, but sometimes it is the small and quiet things that are really God’s voice to us.
At least it was in the case of Elijah who had fled in terror and was hiding in a cave after being threatened by Israel’s wicked queen, Jezebel. Utterly condemned and fearful, God didn’t speak personally to Elijah through earthquakes and a fire, but rather “a gentle whisper”:
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. (1 Kings 19:11-13 NIV)
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