What did we do before high five’s? I know we’ve probably been shaking hands and giving hugs since the beginning of mankind but nothing seems to show undeniable, spontaneous celebration like a high five. It seems to say “Way to go!” “You did it!” “You’re unbelievable!” “You are the man!” “That’s what I’m talkin’ about!” or any other collection of slang-filled celebratory responses. The sound of palm smacking palm just sends the message that something astounding has just happened.
Here’s the question: have you ever given God a high five? Now I’ll grant you that’s a pretty big palm to slap but I guess what I really mean is has God ever done something that has thrilled you so much you told Him how outrageous He is? It’s like say “God, look at this HUGE thing you did in my life!” But why stop there? Why not remind God of other outrageously wonderful things He’s done in your life too?
It would be like giving the Lord one high five after another. Maybe it would sound like “God, did you see the way you just kept me from getting in that car accident? But you know Lord, that’s just like you. Remember that time my kid was headed towards a disaster and You dragged him back to the right path? Yeah, that was sweet and remember when my husband and I started praying together? That had to be you because it certainly wasn’t me.” Each high five you give God just leads to the next one and the next one until you’re acknowledging and worshipping God for all the mighty things He’s done in your life.
To you and me this may sound a little weird but actually there are lots of folks in the Bible that remind God of all the outstanding things He’s had done. Jeremiah, Daniel and Hannah just to name a few. Listen to their reminders:
In Jeremiah 32:20 the prophet said “You preformed miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt and have continued them to this day.”
In Daniel 2:23 Daniel said “You have given me wisdom and power. You have made known to me what we asked of you.”
In 1 Samuel 2:8 Hannah said “For the foundation of the earth are the Lord’s; upon them he has set the world.”
Does God need to be reminded of all the mind blowing things He has done in your life? No, He remembers. Then why bother to give God one high five after another about things He’s already done? Why? Because we need to be reminded. We too easily forget the wonders God has done in our life. If we keep our eyes on who He is and what He’s doing in our life we will draw nearer to Him. And really, is there any other place you want to be?