An orchid in the sun at Safe Haven Farm, Haven, KS

God works with us to help us figure life out

Do you believe God knows what He’s doing? I do, but that still doesn’t stop me from wondering what the heck he’s thinking sometimes. I’m so very grateful that He’s there putting pieces together because it’s times like these that I can’t see the big picture. All I can see is the damage.

An orchid in the sun at Safe Haven Farm, Haven, KS

An orchid in the sun at Safe Haven Farm, Haven, KS

Today’s verse is Romans 8:28.

And we know that God causes everything to work togetherfor the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

I had been planning to post a Psalm today, but this verse was featured prominently on a site I frequent. And it seemed appropriate to focus on it today. I know so many people going through difficult times right now, and in the midst of all those trying circumstances it’s tempting to think that God has walked away. But that’s just our enemy trying to discourage us.

This is one of those verses that everyone uses and everyone knows, and I honestly hesitate to use those kinds of verses. But just because they’re popular doesn’t make them untrue, and this is reassurance I needed today.

God’s got a plan He’s working on, and that plan is going to be good and bring good to the people who love Him.

The Amplified Version actually says it this way: We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

God being a partner in their labor. I’ve never seen that before, and that actually changes my view on this verse a little. Because it’s easy to think that God has this distant and powerful plan already in place that all of us fit into like puzzle pieces on a card table. And it’s easy for me to envision that He just puts the puzzle together.

But if God is a partner in our labor, working things out, that’s personal. Partners work together. Side by side, hand in hand, face to face. He’s not just sitting at a table piecing our lives together. He’s in our lives, building our lives one brick at a time alongside us. He doesn’t just snap His fingers and life happens, though He could. He gets His hands dirty and works in our lives.

Have you ever thought that way? I haven’t. I don’t know about you but working side-by-side with God to figure my screwy life out sounds like a good idea.

He already knows what’s going to happen. He’s seen the last page. He knows the last line. But we don’t, and time moves differently for us. His being available to help us through life a moment at a time isn’t for His benefit; it’s for ours.

Whatever you’re facing today, God has a plan. No matter how you’re struggling, no matter how you’ve been hurt, no matter what you’re afraid of, no matter aspect of life you don’t understand, God’s working it out, and not from some distant point where you can’t access Him. He’s right here with us, offering to work alongside us to help us get through the difficult times.

Challenges help us grow, so embrace them. Hurt feelings suck, but God’s plan is more important, so shake it off. Loss can be devastating, so take the time to grieve but move forward, holding God’s hand.

He hasn’t left us on our own, and He won’t. God is good, and so are His plans for us, in spite of what our enemy may be whispering in your ear today. We don’t have to stumble around in the dark hoping to find our way. God’s waiting for us to catch up. So keep your eyes open, keep your heart open to Him, and jump.

The difference waiting eagerly makes

I hate waiting. It’s really not my forte, but it something I end up doing all the time anyway. Waiting is a part of life. It doesn’t matter what your occupation or your personality or where you live. Everyone has to wait.

You have to wait at a restaurant when you order something to eat. You have to wait in line at the grocery store. You have to wait your turn at the gas station. You have to wait on people who move more slowly than you do.

But you also have to wait for your promotion. Or you have to wait for your paycheck. Or you have to wait for the economy to get better before you sell your house or look for a job or get a raise.

Life is waiting. You can try to prepare for life events as best you can, but you can’t predict everything. And more often than not, any of your carefully made plans will be upended before you’ve even had a chance to start enacting them.

But it isn’t just life that we wait on. We pretty much spend most of our lives waiting on God. We wait for Him to tell us what path to take. We wait for Him to show us what career to follow. We wait for Him to bring a husband or wife into our lives. We wait for Him to come back for us. We wait for Him to move. Period. Because until He moves, we have to keep still. Until He moves, we have to keep waiting.

So if life is a waiting game, how do you wait? I thought about this when I read today’s verse.

Philippians 3:20

20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.

When you have to wait, do you want eagerly? Or do you wait grudgingly? There’s a big difference, and that disparity really alters your perspective on life.

It’s a lot easier to wait on God if you actually believe He will do the things He’s promised to do. If you truly believe that He is who He says He is and that He will do what He’s promised to do, you can wait on Him with confidence.

But if you doubt Him? I would imagine that waiting would be very difficult then. Because you don’t know if you’re waiting in vain.

Philippians 3:20 says that those of us who believe are already citizens of heaven. We don’t belong on Earth. We don’t belong in this crazy, mixed up world, and we’re just waiting for Jesus to come back for us to take us home.

But we aren’t just waiting. We’re eagerly waiting. We’re watching the skies and dreaming about the day when He’ll split the clouds open and take us away.

If you truly believe that God is who He says He is, you have no reason to wait impatiently or to even be unhappy when you’re waiting. If you’re stuck in a quiet place at the moment and you can’t hear God speaking, that just means that He’s still working on something. When you can hear Him, that’s when He’s moving and you’ve got to keep up. But when He’s silent, you can be sure that He’s just working on something new. But even when you’re waiting, you can be eager and excited and joyful because God has something big planned and when He calls, you need to be ready to move with Him.