1 Corinthians 2:9
New Living Translation (NLT)
9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”[a]
Ever just want a big sign from God telling you what to do next? Or maybe a personalized letter or perhaps a cute postcard with a picture of your destiny? Perhaps just a sign to show you are the right track? We follow in faith and hope for the best some times in this life. How many times have we said under our breath, “I sure hope God knows what He is doing.”? I have seen so many glimpses of what I thought should happen in certain situations only to be COMPLETELY wrong when God shows up and displays what He had in mind. I tried to write this blog entry yesterday and somehow I erased the whole thing, so I am trying again today. This picture I inserted is just an indication of just how funny God can be sometimes. I was writing about how Post-It-Notes would be helpful and today when I opened my mail box I found these two letters right like this. My message from God today: My GRACE is covering your DENTAL bills. I almost laughed out loud at the mailbox! If I had written this yesterday, I would not have had the awesome picture to go with it.
As Christians we do a lot of waiting on the Lord for things to happen, often we want to rush things and try to step in and second guess what we should be doing. For instance, concerning my husband and our separation, God specifically told me not to have ANY contact with my husband yet I neglected to listen. I sent him a few letters, texted once in awhile and tried once to talk on the phone. Each time I told myself, I have kids he needs to know what is going on, I owe it to him yet EVERY time I ended up in tears. I finally stopped after I received a text from my husband stating that when I was done playing church to come find him and see if he was still waiting for me. WOW! Slap in the face and a sorta “told ya so” from God. Now He sent me warnings through a few different people, however, a Post-It-Note would have been much clearer.
Another example is my son. The best advice he ever gave to me was for me to let him make his own mistakes, so I did. Granted he has made some not so wise choices, however, he has learned some valuable lessons. But this has led him to a place of confusion concerning the things of God. Just recently through prayer sessions with some persons at my church, I have learned to untie the apron strings and let God take care of my husband and son. Another WOW! Hardest thing ever to let go of something you truly love and let someone else take care of them. (tears just start thinking about it) This is exactly what God did for us, He let go of His Son so we could be saved. This is where I am with these two people in my life. I can do nothing to change either of them, only God knows, maybe a Post-It-Note would help them.
We can never fully understand why God does the things He does. Why did He rescue me from my marriage? Why has my husband not surrendered to God yet? When will my son return to the Lord? I know we live in an instant world, but God does not always work that way. It has taken months for me to see things the way God does. He is certainly moving on my behalf, look at the financing for getting my dentures..I never could have imagined such a thing could happen. God is good to His children and He does leave us signs to see. How many times do you see a posting on Facebook or a church sign and say to yourself that was you needed to see? God’s Post-It-Notes are everywhere, we just have to look for them. Mine was in mailbox today.
As I look back at the things God has done for me, I realize just how much He truly loves us. His promises are true. He promises to provide for us and He has done that in so many ways for me. I laugh when I think about God providing a way for me to get my teeth fixed because I have been praying even harder for a house. I told Him the other night that I cannot wait to see the house He has for me. While we are walking in faith and believing God will provide, He is setting things in motion. The “For Sale” sign posted in someone’s front yard is there just for me, I just have to wait for everything to fall into place. What are you asking God to do in your life? Can you believe that He is making a way right now? He loves you and wants to provide for you, trust in that. When we stop trying to help ourselves God can begin to work in our lives as He intends to. We are nothing apart from God and all things are to His glory, therefore we need to step back and let God do His thing! Maybe we need a Post-It-Note right on our mirror: God Is In Control.