When we’re going through the storm, it’s easy to forget that God is up to something. When our good plans are falling apart and nothing else seems to be coming together, it’s easy to forget that God is up to something. When it’s bad news, when we’re wandering through the darkness, when we’re overwhelmed with hurt or loss or sadness, it’s easy to forget that God is up to something.
So, wherever you are and whatever you’re going through, maybe what you most need is a little reminder that, Sis, God is up to something for you. He’s working behind the scenes in the details you don’t yet know about. He’s aligning the right connections and the right circumstances, all in the right timing, to bring you to a place where you step into all he has been working on for you.
I’ve been praying over a family who lost their job, and as a result had to sell their large family home. In the process of looking for a cheaper home to rent within their new tightened budget, they encountered one closed door after another. They would find a home, but it would be gone. They would find another home, and the owner wouldn’t accept their dogs. They would then find another home, and at the last minute it wouldn’t work out either. Time was running out with nowhere for them to go. This morning I woke up to a text that said “God provided us a rental home that fits us all! We are sooooo blessed!”
Isn’t that interesting. They’ve lost their job and were forced into selling their home. That’s not a good situation. Yet, they are celebrating and recognizing how blessed they are because after all the nos, they finally have their yes. All this time, God was up to something for them. Before, were they waking up in their large home with their comfortable job feeling this blessed? Probably not. It was all they’ve gone through that makes them realize how God was working for them.
And all that you are going through now is leading you to a place where you will look around and realize how God has been working for you. Your time is coming when you too will say, “God has done it, and I am soooooo blessed.”
I often think about Jochebed. Maybe that’s a woman’s name you don’t know, but I bet you know her story. This is the woman who was desperate to save her baby from Pharaoh’s decree to kill all the baby boys, so she hid him for 3 months. When she couldn’t hide him any longer, she placed him in a basket made of papyrus, and set him to float down the Nile river.
Imagine how hard this would be. Imagine the fear of hiding a baby when the king has issued a decree that all baby boys were to be drown in the river. While you’re hiding this baby, you know the dangers of being caught. Your entire family would be killed. Now imagine the baby growing too big to hide, and you’re faced with the only option of floating him down a river and hoping someone finds and saves him. Jochebed had to let go and trust God.
So do you. You have to let go and trust God. When you’ve done all you can do, there’s only one thing left to do, let go. Will you trust God enough to provide? Will you trust God enough to do what only he can do? Will you trust God enough to believe he is making a way even when you can’t see it?
This baby boy floating down the river in a basket made of papyus is Moses. God had great plans for Moses. Pharoah’s plan to kill all the baby boys would not stop God’s great plans. In fact, it would perfectly position Moses right in Pharoah’s house to do God’s great work. We know all this now because we know the end of the story. But living in the middle of the story, you just know as a mother you’ve put your 3 month old baby in a basket floating down a river and you can’t save him.
Baby Moses’ sister, Miriam, watches as he floats down the river to where the King’s daughter was taking a bath. When she sees the baby, she rescues him from the river. Now this is my favorite part of the story that just show’s God’s goodness in the details of a massive mess.
Exodus 2: 7-9 “Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” she asked. “Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the girl went and called the baby’s mother. “Take this baby and nurse him for me,” the princess told the baby’s mother. “I will pay you for your help.” So the woman took her baby home and nursed him.”
So, get this, Jochebed’s baby wasn’t only saved, but she was PAID to bring the baby back home with her, no longer in hiding, deemed completely safe, to care for him. Only God can do that. Only God can show up in the middle of an impossible situation and not only make a way through it, but turn it for your good.
God had great plans for Moses. He was the one who he would place within the palace to then set his people free. He would rise to become a mighty leader of millions of people. But first, he was a helpless baby floating down a river in a basket because his Mama let go and trusted God.
All this time, God was up to something. He was up to something when Pharaoh tried to kill all the newborn baby boys. He was up to something when Pharaoh then tried to drown all the boys who had survived his original attempt to kill them at birth. He was up to something when Jochebed had no other option left than to put her baby in a basket in the river. He was up to something when the Pharoah’s daughter found the baby. He was up to something when the baby’s mother was then paid to bring him back home and care for him. He was always up to something.
A plan of provision. A plan of freedom. A plan of protection.
And you can trust, no matter how bad things look right now, God has a good plan for you.
I have to think sometimes God allows things to come down to the wire, down to the last minute, down to the very last option, and then he opens the floodgates on the goodness he always had aligned. Not that God is into being dramatic (or maybe he is … look at his creation, it’s pretty darn dramatic), but more so for us. For us to fully realize only God could have done this for us.
Only God could have brought you to that house. Only God could have made that connection that has brought you back to life again. Only God could have aligned every little detail that saved you and brought you here today. Only God could have done that.
And when we’ve gone through something so totally hopeless, and so totally impossible, then we make it through it and look back to see God’s fingerprints all along, we are left KNOWING God was always up to something for us.
Will you trust God enough to let go today? Let go of the worry. Let go of the stress. Let go of the overwhelm. Let go of the details. Let go of the control. And trust he’s been up to something for you. The day will come when you see all he has aligned in great providence to bring you to a place greater than you could have imagined.
This will be a place of deeper trust than you’ve ever had before, because you’ve personally experienced God’s provision.
This will be a place of a deeper connection with God, because you’ve personally experienced his protection.
This will be a place of a deeper love of God, because you’ve personally experienced his peace when it made no sense to have peace.
God is up to something. When it looks like it will never work out … When it feels like this will never get better … When it seems like there is no possible way … God is up to something, and you can trust what he is doing here.