"Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
Thursday, April 21, 2011
When God lets us see
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."Hebrews 11:1 It had been nearly a decade since we began asking God to save him. Husband and I, through faithfulness of love, presented grace prayers, unceasing, full of fervency, full of hope, and beckoning mercy, to the One who calls His children by name. (Hebrews 4:16). By name. Yes, He knew his name. From before creation, He knew his name. "This day they will meet...", God spoke, "...husband's father and my Son, the King." And so it was done. Today is the day. Everyday is the day. Today I pray. Today I hold hope. Today I wait. Expectantly. Everyday God is working, even when I don't see. Yet, there are those treasured occasions in the life of a believer when God lets us see. Priceless reward of labor, of faith prayers and witness, of speaking forth life breath and truth that seems to dissipate into blank stares; heaven-induced labor, man weary, but Spirit strong, that lead to divine fruition. The reward of healing, of restoration, of receiving. Of salvation. These things, these holy gifts, God Himself delights in daily; for His good pleasure, He says, "Yes", and sometimes He says, "Yes" to us and graciously lets us see. Deep tears flooded to surface as his nervous steps took forth proclaiming his heart choice to believe. Past memories of love rejected, heart-sinking "No's" afflicted, immediately transformed into what God had been working on all along. (2 Corinthians 6:2). This is the substance in which I hope, faith in God's work, not my own. Faith in God Alone.
My mouth speaks loud, intercepting with words of truth, inadequate. At best, I am half crazy to not give up the fight. By sight, I see spent opportunities, painted thick with too much of this and laid thin with not enough of that. But, the Master takes with which I have offered, imperfect attempts and seemingly defeated plays, and perfects each one with inconceivable grace, showing Himself as Sovereign Ruler and Faithful Redeemer of all days. Today, God lets me see. Christian, never think for a moment that you have nothing of worth to offer to the thirsty, that truth words seemingly spoken "in vain" are wasted; that love actions are useless, that God doesn't hear. Every seed planted, every plant watered, in time, in God determined time, will bear life, because God is working everyday, and sometimes He lets us see.
"For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."Habakkuk 2:3