It was a rare Saturday morning when we could sleep in. I had securely shut the alarm clock cat out of our room to be sure that her “meow” wasn’t the first thing I heard the next day. I was sound asleep the next morning, as scheduled. “Mom!” cried a voice, not too far from my pillow and ear. The yelling whisper was excited, urging me, “Look at the sunrise!”
I have similar watercolor-worthy awakenings throughout the year. Our second floor windows provide a mid-trunk view of the thousands of trees that we view like squirrels. The ground is way down below, where we can’t see it, because our house overlooks a ravine. The branches of the trees bob and sway on windy days, at eye-level. They weigh down and collect piles of snow through winter blizzards, and become a palette of every green known to the human eye in summer. We feel blessed and privileged and special every time we look out our windows.
God displayed His sovereignty and legal acumen like a peacock that week.
This is why a bad day that seems dark and hopeless can be injected with hope, instantly, with a glance out of my east-facing bedroom window. Everybody should have a symbolic east-facing bedroom window. I should calligraphy the letters H O P E on the 6 inches of wall between the window moulding and the ceiling. When it looks like our dreams may never realize, God is busy as a beaver, working everything out not just for the best, but to bless us. He can leave any rule, regulation or lawyer in the dust. He may even be fixin’ to blow us away. He does that well.
God’s faithfulness should not be a best kept secret, but His enemy is constantly trying to distract us so that we forget how consistently good God is. Take last night, for example. I had a toothache that tempted my integrity regarding the dosage limit on the pain reliever label. No dentist answered his messages on my behalf.
I’m blessed in that I have an in-house intercessory staff. One by one my family came into my room and prayed for me. I also sent a quick prayer request text to my a praying friend. Still, my mind was filled with the task of rescheduling my busy weekend. I surrendered to hopelessness and foresaw a useless two days ahead, knowing that I couldn’t function in such a state of complete misery.
I admit, this was not a case of impressive, overflowing faith, matching wits with agony.
My tooth pain has been completely gone for 12 hours. Last night was a pain-free gift. The enemy lost. It took several faith-filled kids and a concerned husband to intercede, and those pathetic but earnest moments of praise, and I’m as good as new now, praise God! Our lives can be seen as a series of little battles, or they can be seen as a series of various-sized victories. This was not a small one.
God doesn’t intend that our thoughts to be consumed with worse case scenarios. His Word infuses us with the exact opposite: promises of His all-consuming love and concern for us. Hebrews 12:28-29 says,
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’”
He gave us choices, because He didn’t want to be praised eternally by coercion.
We sometimes look at the state of the world and superimpose it’s condition onto God’s character. When we have been hurt, we can blame God. Even if we don’t overtly blame him, we can allow His image to be marred, and we refuse to trust Him. But He is trustworthy! Jeremiah 17:7-8 makes a tremendous promise;
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Romans 5:5 is the antidote to the hopelessness that can take root and grow while we wait. It says, “And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” The Holy Spirit prays with us as we wait, hope and trust.
Trust is believing the promise, even when things around us seem to be heading in the opposite direction of the promise.
God is working behind the scenes, on your behalf, regardless of how things currently seem! The Prophet Jeremiah recorded these timeless words; “The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.’” Wait just a while longer. He will come through. His love is everlasting, His kindness is unfailing! Come and look out of my window at the all-consuming fire that is represented by the flaming autumn landscape. You will be amazed and delighted as you see His wonders and promises play out in your life. Even this moment, He is working for you, behind the scenes.