Waiting Around

“But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything.  Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.”
Isaiah 30:18

When the boys were in elementary school they got out at 2:20 pm and I would try to get to the school at the latest by 2:00 pm so I could get a good spot in the pickup line. If you have ever experienced the stress of picking your child up in the craziness that is the end of an Elementary school day, you know how important this is.

One day I had to pick them up early from school and as we walked from classrooms to the car, Kyle looked at all the cars waiting in line and said: “Oh, they are already here?” Then he said, “I thought you just got here right when school is out”. I said, “Nope, if I waited until then I’d be way in the back of the line, so I get here early so I can be right on time for you.”

As I pulled in to wait in the pickup line the next day, I thought about Kyle’s perception, “I thought you just got here right when school was out.”

We forget that most things are not always as they seem but only as we see them. Just as I made a point to be at the school early so that I could be “on time” for the boys, so God is working in ways we can’t see and don’t know about in our lives.

The verse above was fulfilled through Jesus and through Jesus God’s will can be fulfilled in your life. 

God is not finished with you.

He is going ahead of you and preparing the way for you.

His grace and power are ready to be right on time when you need it.

The Storm of Uncertainty

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Since living in Southern Florida for the last few of years, I have a healthy respect for storms that come on quickly and are ferocious. Every afternoon in the summer, the fluffy white clouds that fill the blue expanse of the sky in the morning turn into dark thunderclouds by the afternoon.  Some afternoon storms are gentle showers and over quickly. Some of them rip the sky open with the crack of lightning, heart-pounding thunderclaps, and vicious wind.

Right now the world is in a storm of uncertainty as we all do our part, whatever that is, to deal with the reality of Coronavirus impacting our lives.

Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.”  Matthew‬ ‭8‬:‭24‬ NIV

The verse above describes a storm on the Sea of Galilee that came on so suddenly and was so ferocious that seasoned fisherman (the disciples) feared for their lives.

And what was Jesus doing? He was sleeping. He was resting.

He didn’t get in the boat at the beginning of the voyage and quiet the winds and calm the waves before he fell asleep, Jesus rested right in the middle of it.

The storm did not disturb him.

How did Jesus rest in the midst of an unexpected storm?

Jesus knew three things:

  1.  That God, His Father determined His time on earth, not a storm- even the most ferocious of ones.
  2.  Who and whose He was: the Son of God, on a mission from God, filled with the power of God.
  3. He knew that His mission was not over yet.

The best thing for you to do in a storm is to trust God and rest. 

Rest in God’s sovereignty:  He knows the moment you will cross into eternity.  This storm will not be the end of your story and God does not have half a plan.

Rest in knowing who and whose you are: a cherished child of God, redeemed by the cross of Christ to live life loved and drenched in God’s grace.

Rest in the knowledge that as long as you are here, God’s mission for you is not done yet.

I know it is stormy where you are but I want you to know that God is there with you and He will get you through whatever happens.

Into the Storm

  

When Jesus walked to edge of the water, he was alone.

He had started the day with the news that his cousin had been murdered. Instead of being able to slip away quietly to deal with it, he had been surrounded by people all day. Hurting people, hungry people, lost people, loved people. Over 20,000 people sought him out to hear the heaven’s words, feel God’s power, be healed by his touch. And he spoke, touched, healed, restored. Then, instead of sending them away hungry- he blessed and broke 5 loaves and two fish to feed them all until they were full.

But now he was alone.

He had climbed alone to an isolated place in the mountains so he could lay himself before his Father. Now, in the early hours of the morning, he stood alone on the shore. He looked out at the sea and knew his friends were out there on a boat. The wind had kicked up, the waves were not gentle.

It didn’t matter what the waves looked like. It didn’t matter how late it was. All that mattered was that there was somewhere he needed to get to and it happened to be on the other side of the sea.

So he took a step, then another and just kept walking into the storm on top of the water.*

“If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it”.
– Unknown

Jesus knows how to walk into a storm.

To do the impossible.

He knows where you are at and what you face.

He faced the storm alone but you don’t have to.

He will never leave you or forsake you, especially in the storm.


“We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all-all but the sin.

So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help”. (Hebrews 4:15, 16 MSG)

You may be standing on the shore, looking at the rough sea and wondering what to do.

Ask for help and take the next step right into it with Jesus by your side.

*Matt. 14

He Knows

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Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭7-8‬ NIV)

You do not pray to a faraway deity that you must win attention from by your works or your words.

You pray to your Father in heaven who loves you and has gone to extraordinary lengths to have a relationship with you.

He knows you.

He knows what you need.

He knows when you need.

He knows how to get you what you need.

He is never late, lazy or forgetful.

We always know what we want.

He always knows what we need.

Before you pray, trust.

He knows.