Who is waiting for something, and struggling with the timing of it?
Who is stuck in uncertainty, unsure of how it’s all going to work out?
Who feels stretched and pulled in a million different directions and losing themselves along the way?
Who is maybe even excited about what the future may hold, but you feel completely out of control in it all?
Maybe you feel the tingle of promise of what’s coming, or maybe you’re honestly just checked out and going through the motions, and lost sight of what God is doing in your life.
You too. Well, you’re in great company! I don’t know what is going to happen. I don’t know when it’s going to happen. I don’t know how it’s going to happen. But I do know my God, your God, OUR GOD has got this! Please, you need to know this … he’s got this, and he is with you, sweet daughter of the Almighty.
And because of that truth, you and I can do 3 things when we feel like we don’t know anything else. We can:
Trust the wait.
Embrace the uncertainty.
Enjoy the beauty of becoming.
Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Sounds sweet, but the reality of that is a tall order. An order we would rather avoid. Like, no thanks God, I’m not a fan of this whole waiting gig and uncertainty bit.
We like to be in control. Where are my planners, my thinkers, my organizers? Life is tough when you’re not in control, right? Maybe you’re in one of those seasons of life right now where the timing is not your own … the number of uncertainties seem to outweigh the certainties … and you’re not quite so sure you’re equipped for the journey.
If I were guessing, that’s likely the majority of us. How do I know? Because that is life. Life is a continual rollercoaster ride. I took my BIG Life retreat girls to a Michael Franti concert at Red Rocks over the weekend, and one of his songs goes like this, “life is amazing, then it sucks, then it’s amazing again.” Well dang if that isn’t the truth! And it’s by design.
Hey, if you could make a plan and force it all to come together every single time without fail, YOU WOULDN’T NEED GOD. It is our lack of control that keeps us dependent upon the one who holds the world in his hand. It’s what reminds us we’re alive. The truth is, without the downs, the ups would become a perpetual numbness to the beauty around us. So, sometimes life does take our breath away, and we’re reminded to breathe in deeper.
He who knows no hardship, knows only surface level happiness. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Yes, it’s mysterious, but the truth is, our lives grow best in a soil mixed with trouble and questions and crap that doesn’t make sense. Afterall, never forget what all this crap really is … it is fertilizer. Seriously, crap is fertilizer and fertilizer makes things grow bigger, faster, stronger.
Check out this scripture I found this morning. 2 Corinthians 3:3 MSG “Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it. It’s written with Spirit on spirit, his life on our lives!”
The life God is leading you to live is written by the Spirit of God onto your spirit. Isn’t that just amazing?!!!! Does that speak to anyone else like it speaks to me?
Do you remember the song – “he’s got the whole world in his hands.”
It’s true. And let’s make it personal – he’s got YOUR whole world in his hands too.
Isaiah 40:12 says “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?” (NIV)
Our human minds cannot begin to fathom his greatness or his enormity.
Our last family trip to Southern California left me with a newfound awareness of how tiny I am and how big our God is. Our family was out in the water boogie boarding just when the rip tides became strong, singled me out of the crowd and drug me about 50 yards out. The waves pounded me, one after another and I simply couldn’t catch my breath. I was straight up scared, and quite irritated that Lonnie thought my cries for help were a joke. I eventually drug myself to shore, exhausted, slightly peeved, and sporting myself a major wardrobe malfunction. My daughters looked at me and said, “woah mom … you look rough.” We all burst out laughing.
In that moment I realized just how big that ocean is, and how little I am.
And my God – your God held the entire ocean in the palm of his hands. Those are some big hands. And those hands HOLD YOU. They hold you right now. Whatever you’re going through, wherever you are, his mighty hands hold you.
And what does this mean in today’s scripture – the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? The MSG translation puts it this way – he measured the sky between his thumb and little finger.
Imagine God looking at the space between his thumb and his little finger and saying – yeah, I’ll make the universe about that big. Oh goodness gracious, our God is magnificent.
And yet he is so personal. While he created this tremendous universe, he also individually created YOU and he holds you in his hand. There’s nothing he doesn’t see, nothing he doesn’t care about, and nothing can escape him. There’s no need you have that he can’t handle. No question you hold in your heart this morning that stumps him. There is no doubt you could possibly be dwelling in that lessens his power. There is no where you can go that you are not in his presence.
So my friend, trust the wait. God’s plans are beyond our plans. His ways are not our ways. He is preparing and equipping you for greatness in the wait. You’ll see. Just trust it.
Embrace the uncertainty. Release the need to know. Relinquish control and let life flow in you, through you and from you. Make peace with not knowing, not understanding and sometimes not even agreeing, and rest in the awareness that God sees what you do not see and has gone before you to align his good plans he has always had for you personally.
Enjoy the beauty of becoming. You are BECOMING the woman God created you to be and today is part of that journey. Here in this crap that is divine fertilizer, you are growing, flourishing and becoming. The journey to your destiny will not be immediate, nor will it be easy, but it will be worth it.
Oh how our great big, mind blowingly amazing God loves you and He holds you in His hands today.
No, you don’t know how or when. But because you know God, you can trust the wait. embrace the uncertainty, and enjoy the beauty of becoming.