It’s raining and I have instrumental music on the stereo this morning. This house is so at rest right now; dogs snoring, hot chocolate within my reach.. and peaceful.
It hasn’t always been so. I remember, vividly, the days we closed on this house and the days we moved in and the days since then to this day. Peace did not find a home here very often~ and even though I could be sad and regretful of that, I prefer to look around and see the peace that is here now. In truth, it’s been too long in coming…for ME.
But God’s timing is not my own. So, despite all of my pushing and rejecting and nagging and sulking in the name of Jesus (dumb, I know), my timing wasn’t meant to be. I was trying to control what I felt needed to happen for peace to be invited into my home and by doing so, I was left frustrated and anything but peaceful.
Listening to Joel Osteen this morning, he talked about how some bad things in life happen for reasons far beyond our understanding. It is God’s privilege to keep some of those reasons cloaked for a time. In other words, not everything is for us to question. Not everything has a logical answer in our limited understanding. Not everything can be explained. Still, we waste valuable time and effort trying to figure out why…and then we spend more time and effort being sad or angry…and still more time and effort “putting a question mark where God has put a period”. Joel’s point was that some things just happen and the best thing we can do is just pick up and trust in God. Put one foot in front of the other and know that God will make beauty from ashes…somehow, some way, someday.
And He did. What was meant for evil has been used for good~ something I never, ever could have believed or even thought possible. It happened when I stopped putting a question mark where God had put a period. It happened when I stopped trying to control my circumstances and just let God have His way in His timing.
And then God answered: “Write this.
Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters
so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness
pointing to what’s coming.
It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait!
And it doesn’t lie.
If it seems slow in coming, wait.
It’s on its way. It will come right on time.”