By Danita Hiles
So, this summer we put in a pool. Thanks to a tiny legacy from our precious Mimi (my mom), we were finally able to take the plunge J (pun intended) and put one in. For these three Florida girls, what a blessing! What a process!
Every day, it seems, there have been different subcontractor guys tromping around in my backyard.
I felt my singleness even more as I dealt with diggers and concrete guys and electricians and plumbers.
Then, one day a few weeks ago, there was no one there. No one. Not one hot, tired workman in my backyard. Nobody to drink my cold Gatorade. Nobody to answer my questions. Nobody working.
Instead of pounding and the annoying whir of the paver wet saw, there was silence.
Next day, same thing. Nothing.
Hoping to get the job done before my 10 year old’s birthday pool party, I called the pool guy.
“What’s up? Where is everybody? Is everything ok? ”, I asked.
“No problem”, he said, “The electrician was there early yesterday morning, you just must have missed him. We’re waiting on materials. And I’m working on some scheduling conflicts with my other crews”.
Then he said words I will never forget, “Just because you don’t see us there, doesn’t mean I am not working on your behalf. Trust me. It’s all gonna be fine”.
Hmmm. It’s kind of like me and God. When I don’t see a change in my desperate circumstance or feel like I am hearing from Him, I can tend to feel abandoned. “Where are you? I cry. “I’ve been praying and waiting and nothing is changing. I don’t hear you. I can’t feel you.”
He whispers to my heart, just like Jerry the pool guy. “Just because you don’t see me at work, doesn’t mean I am not working on your behalf. Trust me. I’ve got this thing. It’s all gonna be fine”.
Maybe we just don’t see Him working.
Maybe he’s waiting on materials.
Or it could be it is simply a scheduling thing that is all in the timing.
God’s not absent.
God’s not tired.
He’s got this thing…whatever ‘this thing’ may be in your life.
Take a minute and read His words to you in Psalm 139…go ahead and put your name right there in His love letter:
O _____________ , I have examined your heart and I know everything about you. I know when you sit and when you rise. When you feel far away, I understand all your thoughts. I chart the path ahead of you and tell you where to stop and rest. Every moment, _____________ , I know where you are. I know what you are going to say before you even say it. I both precede and follow you,, and place my hand of blessing on your head.
This is so glorious, so wonderful to believe, _____________ ! You can never flee my presence! If you go up to Heaven, I am there; if you go down to the depths, I am there. If you rise on the wings of the dawn, if you settle on the far side of the sea, even there my hand will guide you, my strength will support you, if you try to hide in the darkness, the night will become light around you. For even the darkness cannot hide from God; to me the shines as bright as the day. Darkness and light are both alike to me.
_____________ , I am all around you on every side; I protect you with my power. My knowledge of you is deep, for I knew you before you were born; I made all the delicate inner parts of your body and scheduled your life before you began to breathe.
How precious it is, _____________ , to realize that I am thinking about you constantly! You can’t even think how many times a day my thoughts turn towards you. They would outnumber the grains of sand. When you awaken each morning…know that I am with you!
With much love, Your Heavenly Father