I remember vividly a chapel message from Bible college. It was on this verse,
“Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.” ~Psalm 86:17
The preacher, who I remember not-so-vividly, explained that sometimes it’s okay to ask the Lord for a token of good. Something little or special that the Lord does for us, or a prayer that the Lord answers, to remind us that He cares for us. To show us that He is involved in our lives. To encourage us when things seem hopeless and overwhelming.
My friends and I used to pray for these tokens. Or sometimes, usually at the lunch table, we would declare, “This is my token for good!” I think that chocolate was a frequent token for good in the girl’s dorm! But sometimes it was something more intangible – an encouraging word, a certain verse that spoke to us in our devotions, a favorite song in the chapel service.
Last week God gave me a token for good. I was having a bit of a rough day. A friend came over to go over some plan for an event at church. When she left she slid a bag across the table and said, “These are for you guys. Hope you like them.” It was a dozen bagels. Brooklyn bagels. And they were delicious. A special treat we couldn’t have afforded, especially on that day. But it was a little encouragement to me – a token of good – that God saw everything going on in my life, and He was still there, and He still cares.
It sounds silly – bagels are a token for good? But at the right moment, in the right circumstances, God can use even bagels to be a token for good. You can ask God for a specific token of good, or you can just ask Him to show Himself. Then you get to be amazed at the token He chooses.
What is your token for good?