Wednesday, August 5, 2015

God at work

This month, I am going to pay special attention to looking for the Lord's hand in each day.

He is always at work; He never slumbers or sleeps.  He never takes a day off.  The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, watching over the wicked and the good.  He sees and attends to everything.  Nothing is hidden from Him.

The other day I was driving home from work.  It's flat here, so you can see a great deal of distance.  I looked to the left and saw vast, spreading fields, mile upon mile.  I looked to the right and saw a large neighborhood, streets and houses fading off as far as my eyes could reach.  I thought of all the people represented by those many houses, and then I thought of how even that huge neighborhood, where strangers live within blocks of each other, is only one of many neighborhoods in the state, and the country, and the world, which is filled with cities, apartment buildings, college campuses, refugee camps, humanity spreading across the earth in vast numbers.

Yet somehow, God knows each one of us, personally, individually, right down to the number of hairs on each of our heads, our pumping hearts, our unvoiced thoughts.

I was so glad that He is God and I am not, and I don't need to be responsible for all this, but He is perfectly able to handle it all, never overwhelmed.  God is never overwhelmed!  This is amazing and wonderful to me, beyond imagining.

Here is a list of ways I saw God at work yesterday:

1.  I had a beautiful talk with a friend who encouraged me and reminded me of the great hope we have in the Lord.  She said with perfectly honest joy shining on her face, "I just love my Jesus so much!  He makes it a joy to get out of bed each day.  I just don't know how people who don't know Jesus do it.  He's my reason for living.  They tell me I'm weak because I'm a Christian, and I tell them, yes I am!  I've learned to embrace my weakness because it shows me how powerful He is, and how wonderful.  God is just so good!"

2.  Shawn and I took Schubert on a walk through the neighborhood and around the lake.  As we came out at the end of the lake path, we walked into the wideness of the cul-de-sac and looked back up over the trees.  There was a stunning sunset, with sun rays radiating upwards like fingers of God saying, "I have my hands on the world.  I am here.  I am real.  I love you and I want you to see my glory."

3.  I was reading something--from a Facebook link no less (God does work in mysterious ways)-- and came across a verse that God used in the past to minister powerfully to me.  It was just what I needed right now, too.  Isn't that just like God, to break through even Facebook and give me a message of hope?   Here's what He gave me:

Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
    while I am here in the land of the living.
Wait patiently for the Lord.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Psalm 27:13-14 (NLT)


Priscilla said...

Wow! That was the perfect verse for me today, Ruth. I was just praying that the Lord would help me wait patiently for Him to do His work in His time. I want to see immediate results. He has told me that I will see it...but not until his own timing. So far,, it has taken 28 years.

Ruthie said...

It's a good verse, isn't it?