One of the best scenes in Forrest Gump was the one-on-one confrontation between Lieutenant Dan Taylor (played by Gary Sinise) and God. When Lt. Dan questioned Forrest, “Where’s this God of your’s?” while on the shrimping boat, Forrest replied that “God showed up!” The next scene in the film is a raging storm at sea, in which Lt. Dan is screaming and cussing at God atop the ship’s mast.
God “showed up” throughout the Bible. He showed up to deliver the Israelites from Egypt, enabling them to cross the Red Sea on dry land. He showed up to protect Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace. He showed up to rescue Daniel in den of lions. He showed up to raise Lazarus from the dead.
When the disciple Philip asked Jesus to show him God, Jesus remarked that “He who has seen Me has seen the Father;” (John 14:9) Just a few hours later, God showed up at the Cross, when His precious Son died for our sins (Hebrews 1:1-3). He showed up three days later, when our Lord Jesus arose from the Tomb, conquering death, hell and the grave for us.
When has God showed up in your life? Perhaps He showed up in the delivery room, when your child was miraculously and wonderfully born. Perhaps He showed up at the doctor’s office, when the doctor told you that you have a terminal disease and you felt God’s comforting Hand on your shoulder and heard His voice say, “Peace, be still.” Perhaps He showed up at the funeral home, as one by one, friends and relatives smiled and hugged and loved on you as you prepared to bury your loved one.
God showed up in my life on August 17, 1977 at Heatherwood Baptist Church in Riverdale, Georgia. On that day, I prayed to receive Jesus as my personal Savior and surrendered my life to Him. He showed up to save me from my sin and to give me eternal life. What’s even better is that He never left. He has been with me ever since, showing up whenever I need Him. He said that “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”