I sat in my living room holding my almost 2-year-old in my lap as I tried to explain to him the loud boom noise he heard could not hurt him. If you’re a mom you have probably found yourself in the same situation during the week leading up to the Fourth of July. I tried everything in my power to soothe my child and remind him that the fireworks outside could not get him. But, I didn’t stop there. I wanted him to experience how pretty fireworks could be so I tried showing him how pretty they were out the window. He was not having it. The noise of those fireworks was enough to make him run for cover each time.
I began thinking about this scenario in my head a lot. You see, my little family is in a time of transition. And sometimes, transition can become messy and hard. That’s where I find us. As I have been praying and seeking God during this time, I have found myself asking him (sometimes begging) for answers. What do you have for us? Why aren’t you showing us right now? What are you doing?
And amid my own personal struggles I was taken back to the firework scene. The array of lights a firework makes is beautiful. The noise that it makes beforehand can be quite loud and sometimes scary (especially if you’re a little one). I can’t help to think our lives are a little like this sometimes.
We’ve had people in our lives recently tell us that God has big plans for our lives. And, in our hearts we feel that God has big plans. But, often doubt settles in and you began to question yourself and what God has called you to do. Especially when God doesn’t show you immediately what He is doing or where He is taking you. Often, we allow our doubts, fears, insecurities to cause us to run away and take cover. All the while missing what God is wanting to show us. You see, I find myself in this place right now. I’m being forced (quite literally) to trust God with every single detail of my life and I cannot see what He is doing. I have cried more times than I care to admit, I have felt despair, and I have even been angry. To the human eye, God isn’t doing anything on our behalf right now. It’s in these moments I want to take cover, run for security because it’s just too scary. But then God whispers to my soul, “Be still and watch what I am going to do.”
This season of my life is requiring more faith than I ever thought was possible in every aspect of our lives. From the very beginning, even when things seemed out of my control, I have felt this crazy confidence that God was going to take care of it all. And yet, even with this confidence, I find the enemy coming in at times making me doubt how big God is. I want to know every detail right now. I want to see that it’s all going to work out before I truly walk out in faith. But, God is calling us to do more than that. He’s asking us to trust Him, to not run and take cover. And just like I didn’t want my child to miss the beautiful sight a firework makes, God doesn’t want us to miss out on the great things He has for us. Friend, don’t let your circumstances keep you from trusting God to do what He has already told you He would do. Whatever situation you find yourself in right now just remember it hasn’t taken God by surprise. It may have taken you by surprise, but not God. He knows. And He cares. He is working on your behalf right now even when you can’t see it. (And no, you haven’t ruined His plans for your life. He is much bigger than you;)
The truth is, faith is easy when you can see what lies ahead. But then again, that wouldn’t call for much faith. Faith, the kind that moves mountains, requires this unshakeable confidence that God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do. Not because of who we are, but because of who HE is. So today, if you’re like me and you feel like you’re in a hopeless situation I challenge you to stand firm on who God is and what He has promised to do. When you literally cannot see how things are going to work out and it seems impossible, remember He is the God who parted the seas. And when the enemy comes at you, remind him of the God who shut the mouths of lions. The God who walked on the water and calmed the raging seas. The God who can move the mountains. The God who is The Great I Am. The Jehovah Jireh. The Lord of Lords. King of Kings. There is no one like Him.
My friend, get ready. Because when you walk in faith, there is nothing, absolutely nothing our God cannot do. So, dear one, do not run and take cover. No…stand firm and watch what the Lord is going to do.