Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Unsettled

Have you ever waited for God to work?

You’re expecting, you’re counting, you’re hoping, you’re…. waiting.

And the longer you wait, the more anxious you become? Or maybe the more perplexed? Or confused? Or discouraged?

Have you ever waited for God to work?

And yet, isn’t God working all the time? For even when His hand is not obvious, isn’t His Hand still on it?

Know what I mean?

He’s got it. He’s on it. He’s working.

We just can’t see it.

We’re like the child who can’t wait to open the beautiful wrapped gift sitting in front of him.

But it’s not time.

And so we wait.

And we fidget and we get up and walk around, and we sigh loudly, or complain quietly.

That the waiting is taking too long.

Waiting makes us feel…unsettled.

I don’t like to feel unsettled.

Limbo is not the address I wish to post on my Christmas cards this year.

But I think about some other folks who felt unsettled… and they got to feel that way for 40 years. And they sighed loudly, and they complained softly (and sometimes not so softly) and yet…

God was still in control.

Still in charge.

Still with a plan.

I think God uses our unsettled-ness to focus our attention. I’m doing a personal study of Hebrews this month and over and over, the author reminds us of God’s sovereignty. And Jesus’s gift. And God’s plan for us all.

So we wait… for the things spoken, and unspoken. With hearts yearning for hope and spirits hoping for peace.

And let the unsettled feelings come.

Because regardless of how long we’ll continue to wait…

There is one foundation we can rest our unsettled heads.

The Lord is my rock, 

my fortress, and my deliverer, 

my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, 

my shield  and the horn of my salvation, 

my stronghold. 

~ Psalm 18:2

 

 

Faith in the midst of uncertainty reminds us what faith means in the first place.

 

 

 

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