Random musings


Jimmy Cochran

Columnist


We all know that God speaks to us in very diverse ways and places. That’s one reason I began writing, because I seemed to see God in places and situations that randomly spoke to me and I learned some type of lesson about how God wants me to live. And, I share them.

A lot of randomness has been going on in my life lately, so below are some short gospels according to Jimmy.

My family and I recently took a trip to Indian Rocks Beach, Florida for a few days and it was a much-needed time of relaxing for all of us. From sunrise to sunset everywhere I looked I saw God. In the intricacies of the smallest most delicate shells to the remembrance of God’s promise to Abraham that his descendants (us) would number more than the sands of the sea. I sat in my little beach chair and chatting with my mom about the tiny grains of sand that were covering the beach, far deeper than we could visualize, plus underneath the waters of all the oceans of the world and other beaches in the world. And God knows about each one, yet, He is concerned about me!

I’ve got several medical procedures coming up during the next few weeks and I tend to imagine the worst possible outcomes and results. However, I have family and friends who encourage, support and keep me grounded with prayer and concerned texts. They remind me that God is in control and that I can rely on Him for peace and comfort, regardless of earthly situations. And I can … and do.

This past week I was lying in the pre-op room of Emory Hospital waiting for the anesthesiologist to come roll me away. And, of course, I was full of anxiety. All that was separating me from the patient in the next cubicle was a tacky and “not quite closeable” curtain on rings. I realized after hearing conversations over there, that my neighbor was a leading Civil Rights leader both nationally and especially here in Atlanta. Naturally, I wanted to go greet and meet, but knew that wouldn’t be very cool. As I lay there, I began to remember (once again) that we are all equal in God’s eyes. Regardless of race, culture, wealth, societal status, we are all ultimately equal. From a nationally known and respected leader to just a guy who lives in a McDonough neighborhood, we are the same in His eyes.

I work part-time at the McDonough Public Library and talk with many people each day. It is always a pleasure to discuss books and reading with them. However, sometimes those of us at the Circulation Desk become pseudo-bartenders as we listen to problems and concerns that many of our patrons have. We try to give listening ears and concerned hearts as they talk because many times our older patrons have no one else to listen. I believe that this is an unknowing ministry of sorts because God put us where we are for such a time as this to help so many people. And the remarkable thing is that God can use believers and unbelievers alike for His purposes in all situations. We just need to be aware of that still, small voice that sometimes urges us to act.

So, folks, these are a few of the random acts which I have seen and experienced lately that show me that God is in control of things during these turbulent times. Even when all seems hopeless, God is with us.

And for today my friends, this has been a few gospels according to Jimmy. Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of Being God’s and Staying God’s, both available at Amazon.com. Being God’s is also available at Moye’s Pharmacy in McDonough.