Wouldn’t it be nice if God would show us what lies ahead?
Do you know what I mean? I’m betting you do. We all have multiple questions to ask of God at any given moment:
Are my kids in the right schools?
Will they be safe there?
Will we be able to pay for my child’s therapies?
Will you use my life, Lord, to make a difference here in some way?
Should we move? Should we stay?
Will I find the right job?
The most difficult of questions shake the deepest part of our soul. These are questions like, “Will my loved one survive this surgery?” Or, “Will I end up alone?” Some questions suck the wind right out of our lungs:
“Will my child be healed, God?”
So we ask and we wait, but God is silent.
I admit, at times I am angry about it. I’m only asking for a few important details, right? Why must I remain in a state of not knowing?
Last week as I ran errands, I found myself asking God many questions. The questions rumbled like thunder in my head, one after another. So many questions that seemed to be unanswerable, until I asked one question that got to the heart of it all:
Where are you, Lord, and why are you making me
wait so long for Your answers?
That’s when I realized what I was doing, and the truth of that realization hit me like a brick falling from heaven:
I was questioning God.
After all, who am I to understand Him, anyway? His omniscient ways? The intricate details of His plan?
As that understanding dawned, I heard these quiet words:
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
In one simple scripture, God provided an answer to the many questions that only a split second ago seemed unanswerable!! God’s ways are beyond my understanding. And the simple truth is this:
God is God. And I am not.
When parenting a child with special needs, so many situations are beyond our control. We try to find answers, but many times the answers are elusive. But just as we do not see the wind that ushers in the clouds, we do not see the full details of God’s greater plan. But make no mistake:
God is in control. Yesterday. Today. And Tomorrow.
In any good story, we find a segment called the “Rising Action.” It’s when a serious conflict develops that must be resolved one way or the other. As the audience, it’s the time when we guess which direction the story will ultimately go.
After the “Rising Action” of a story, we come to “The Climax.” This is the part of the story when all seems lost and we are filled with suspense.
In a movie, this is the part of the film
when we are pressed low into our movie seats,
wide-eyed and on edge, waiting to see how the story will end.
We breathlessly await the resolution of the story.
Who else but God to write the ultimate story? Scripture says that God is the “Author and Finisher, ” and He is leading us in our story… and it’s not over yet! (See Hebrews 12:2)
One day, we will sit around heavenly campfires and
recall the difficult roads we journeyed. The giants that we battled,
and the darkness that threatened to take us out.
We’ll compare our scars and share our testimonies.
When we do, we will smile and sing and rejoice that our Deliverer made every battle worthwhile, and ultimately, He led us into victory at war’s end.
Okay, then, what can we do while we wait?
Today, as we wait for God to unveil His plan for our lives, we can sing loudly. We can love more deeply. We can enjoy the sunrises and marvel the sunsets. We can simply be.
“Be still,” the Lord says, “and know that I am God.”
I may not have the answers to the my problems, but God does, and I trust Him to take care of my family.
A Prayer for Today: Lord, help me to remember that YOU alone are God. Your ways are mysterious, but I know that you promise to hold me with your righteous right hand. I am secure in Your Presence, Lord, and I trust you, Jesus. Thank you for your precious peace while I wait for you to move the mountains in my way.
Remember: Our stories are not over yet! Let’s hang on together to the victorious end.
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