Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Lord is Always Working

Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded.
For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.

Habakkuk 1:5

I have been living in a holding pattern for almost a year now. Last year started off with the realization of a long-lived dream. After looking for waterfront property and attempting to buy 4 properties over 12 years, it finally happened. Not only that, but our house went on the market and sold within 2 months. We were on our way to living our dream.

Then the roadblocks started going up. It took way too long to get the plans done. Then it took too long to hear back from the county once we submitted them. Then the surveyor took forever getting the results to us. Then the county asked for a laundry list of additional items.

Almost 10 months later, we don't even have our building permit yet. It is not the hardest, most tragic trial ever anyone lived, but it hasn't been easy, either.

However, God continues to use the situation I'm in to lean into my faith in Him, His goodness, and His plans.

This morning when I woke up, I heard the Lord direct me to the book of Habakkuk. As I lay in bed starting to wake up I listened to the words of this prophet and the Lord's response. And He spoke to me.

My situation is not one of violence, iniquity, and destruction, but it is one of things not getting done as they should (or as I'd like them). The similarity is others are not doing what they should and I'm being affected.

As Habakkuk did, I have cried out to the Lord. I have begged, pleaded, and quite frankly, whined. 

In His great graciousness He has not chastised me. Neither, however, has He given me what I want when I want it. What He has done is say almost the same thing He said to Habakkuk:

"Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded.
For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told."

It is a reminder that the Lord is always working. Even when things don't go our way. Even when they don't seem just or fair. Even when we can't see Him working. He is. Always.

And I am so grateful. Because He knows so much more than me. And is so much more good and righteous than me.

I may get frustrated and impatient at times, but then I will choose to trust in the Lord and His plan. That is true surrendered living.

(I'd love to hear how God's calling you to surrender! Comment below or email me

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