HUGE realization: ALL things CAN be to The glory of God!!!
Wow! Sharing time again (doesn’t this writer have anything better to do?) Uhh, reply! “Doesn’t this reader have anything better to do?!”
So, I watched the video above. Reverse order for me. By God’s AWESOME grace, I was living blessed beyond description – financially, physically, and I thought spiritually – not!!!
Yes, there was giving my life to Christ, attending service, in high school in Nigeria, I took bible studies (I thought I was “good to go!”) Events were unfolding! My family life was a challenge! I needed to move states to enable me consistently see my children! Sharing this, I am brought to understand and know why God, did what God did!
In my ‘dream,’ I experienced greater joy and satisfaction than I have ever experienced in my life…yet, I was Allowed to see my children inconsolable after being told I had been in a motor vehicle accident. I tried to speak to them to comfort them and let then know I was blessed. But, I was in a totally different realm…. Here, I need to once again share Saul’s experience of attempting to access the other realm through a woman with a familiar spirit:
This continues today; things in the spiritual change not. There is no ‘Time’ in the spiritual. Seasons Yes!
If you were to examine your current situation or season in life right now, what would you say? Think about that for a quick moment. Would you say that you’re in a grinding season, dry season, getting married season, waiting for your godly mate season, raising small kids or teens season, empty nesting season, spiritual warfare season, tests and trials at nearly every turn season, growing closer to God season, and the list could go on and on, right? Gotcha! So let’s talk (or read) about recognizing life seasons in this week’s post.
In a natural sense, we know that seasons change. There’s winter, spring, summer, and fall. And although I’m not about to get poetic on you, I simply want you to truly recognize that just like the natural seasons change, the same happens as it relates to seasons in our lives. Yet, the key to success in getting through any of them well, is first recognizing where you are.
The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season.” It also tells us in that same verse, “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.” Ultimately God is in control of all of the seasons, whether natural or within life. So it’s important for us to recognize that from the start.
Whichever season you’re currently in, try to understand that He’s making everything beautiful for its time.
I am waiting on The LORD, I have asked in faith and The LORD has provided, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
A PRAYER FOR WHEN YOU ARE WAITING ON THE LORD
Are you currently in a place of waiting? Perhaps you are waiting for a job, for healing, for restoration in a relationship, or for wisdom to know where you should go next. That place of waiting is a place we are all familiar with. It’s a place we find ourselves in often over the course of our lives. Though it’s a familiar place and one we know well, we can often grow wearing in our waiting. Sometimes our hearts grow heavy with worry and doubt. Sometimes we might wonder if God has forgotten about us or given up on us.
The Psalmist knew that place of waiting as well. His cry of “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (13:1) is one that resonates with our own heart. The Psalmist cried out to God in prayer and so should we. If you are in a place of waiting, this prayer is for you.
Father in Heaven,
I come before You with my heart filled with so many different thoughts and feelings. I am tense and uncertain about what I should be doing and where I should go. I feel weak and helpless. Powerless. I am worried about what happens next and whether I have the strength to handle it. Deep down I wonder, how long will I be here? Will I be stuck in this place of waiting forever? And why am I here to begin with? What’s happening, Lord? But most of all, I wonder, where are You? Why haven’t You responded to my cries for help?
But even as I pray that, I know You are right where You have always said You would be. You have never left me and You will never forsake me. You are not deaf to my cries. In fact, You know the thoughts in my heart before I even think them. You know exactly what is happening, why I am here, and what is going to happen next. All things are in Your Sovereign Care and Control. Nothing happens outside Your Knowledge and will. Not even a hair falls from my head without Your willing it to happen. Nothing surprises You or takes You off guard. Including this issue right here, right now. You know why I am here waiting and You have promised to use it for Your glory and my good.
Forgive me for all my doubts, worries, and fears. Forgive me for my impatience as I wait in this place. Forgive me for questioning the story You have written for me. Forgive me for not seeking Your face and allowing the struggles before me to seem greater and stronger than Your grace and mercy for me. Cleanse my heart of all that keeps me from You. Help me to see the ways I have tried to be my own god and my own savior. Help me to see the false idols I have erected to worship and serve instead of You. Help me to see the things I am clinging to right now that I think I must have to make me happy and help me to repent and turn from them.
Grant me the joy that comes from knowing You and being known by You. Fill my heart with gospel joy. Strengthen me by Your Word. May the words of the Psalmist be true of me, “I wait for The LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope” (Psalm 130:5).
I believe, help me in my unbelief! Help me to remember that it is good to wait for You. As the prophet wrote in Lamentations, “It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of The Lord” (3:26). As I wait, help me to remember and dwell on the salvation You have provided for me through Christ. Help me to remember that the same grace that saved me at the cross is the same grace that sustains me today. And that same grace is at work in me even now, shaping me into the Image of Your Son. And no matter what happens, no matter my current circumstances, I am safe in the shelter of Your wings. There is nothing that can separate me from Your Love. Nothing and no one can snatch me from Your hands.
Help me to remain faithful in this place of waiting. Help me to serve You and live for You even in this crossroad of my life. Help me to wait as long as it takes.
I pray all these things because of Jesus and in His Name,