Hebrews 11:1 New Living Translation (NLT) says,
11 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
In my post titled “As Promised…The Importance of the Spirit Filled Life”, I spoke about a prayer that I have been praying, now for 48 days.
“Lord, as I move forward in life, knowing that in your sovereignty, you have a plan for my life, help me to cooperate with that plan and see the providence, which are the things you set up and connect or intersect together to make things happen, let me see that every step of the way. Transform me to receive what you have for me and to be ready for the miracles you are about to perform. Overwhelming Victory!”
I believe that I have been growing in the area of cooperating with God, but do you see the phrases “see the providence” and “to be ready for the miracles you are about to perform”? “Seeing” here is not actually always seeing with my eyes (the finished work, what God has already done), but seeing through eyes of faith, while I am waiting on what God is going to do (His perfect will manifested in my life).
Even when I cannot see it, where does my hope lie? Can I see it in the Spirit? Will I choose to have faith in the God in which I pray and see His hand in even the smallest of things?
And by the way, any movement of God is nothing small. It is mighty, especially since, if we could do it ourselves, we wouldn’t need him. But we do need Him in every area of our lives. We simply cannot make it without Him. It is His power and His unfailing love for us that makes the things that we pray for happen in our lives. Even when we don’t know what to pray, God’s Word says,
Romans 8:26 New Living Translation (NLT)
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
The Holy Spirit living inside of us prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. How amazing is this! When our prayers are off base, the Holy Spirit helps to align them to the will of God for our lives. This goes back to the importance of praying. We do not have to have some magical words or the right grammar. Sometimes, all we may know to say is, “Jesus, help me”. The Spirit will translate that for us to our Heavenly Father and Jesus our intercessor will mediate between God, the Father, and us. This is so awesome! Wow, just powerful!
I had a pretty long couple of weeks. Physically and mentally by Friday, I was pretty much wiped out and I just needed a little downtime to regroup and get my pep back in my step. You see, I typically do a mental shut-down around 4 pm. Just give me a pair of pajamas, my couch and the Hallmark Channel. Please don’t call me stressing me out with nothing and please don’t ask me to do much of anything until I can get myself together, please and thank you. As I was driving home from work, I was really feeling tired and exhausted and just ready to get to my couch. I received a phone call from my mom. Now, please do not misunderstand anything that I am about to say because I love my mom dearly. She is a great woman of faith (which I also consider myself to be), but she really should be one of those names listed in Hebrews chapter 11. It’s just that when I am trying my best to “wind down”, her over exuberant, never down-and-out, “God is Great ALL the Time”, personality can, well, be a bit much. LOL Hey, I’m tired. I’ve had enough for the week. The last thing that I want to do is be all bubbly and joyful. But you see, she really is a great example of how I ought to be. I really should be this way all the time, even when I’m tired and worn down, because the joy of the Lord is to be my strength. I should be anticipating His next move of love in my life and I should be ready to receive it and be looking for it at any moment.
I answered the phone. Mom says, “Say SUDDENLY!”. Right! I know what you’re thinking. No hello. No how are you. Just, “Say SUDDENLY!”. You see, last week my mom sent me a text that said these exact words (you know that all text messages are not always grammatically correct, so work with me here).
“Reading this devotional title Suddenly. We can be encouraged to know that God can bring suddenly moments into our lives. Moments that are soooooo powerful and so miraculous they change everything. One word from God, one touch from His Spirit, one promise from His word being in the right place at the right time, can set his life on a new course. Things can change in his life in a moment, suddenly! We have to believe it we do not know how when or where but God knows!!!! Yes yes yes!”
In this text message “his life” is referring to my son. You see, my almost 6 year wilderness experience has been tied to my prodigal son. I won’t go into all of the details in this one blog post. When God tells me, I will share more, as I know that this has all been so that I can help someone else and give God the glory. For the purpose of this blog post, just know that right now, I am the only person in the family (well, my side of the family, the only side of the family that he has known growing up, you know his faith believing and God fearing family in which He was raised) that my son communicates with on a regular basis. Please know that there was a time when I didn’t even know where he was at, so trust and believe that God has moved in miraculous ways, in His timing.
So, when mom said, “Say Suddenly”, I had no idea what she was referring to, nor was I anticipating a move of God, that I have been praying for, mind you.
We pray for so long. And sometimes when we don’t see God moving on a daily basis, we forget to be watchful for his next powerful move, big or small. We pray, but do we really hold on to those prayers and be actively seeking to “see” the move of God?
My family constantly reaches out to my son. Phone calls. Text messages. “Tell him we said, ‘Hi’.” “Tell him we miss him”. Etc., etc., but dead silence.
My mom asked on yesterday if she should text my son and invite him to a family event. I was like “Mom, I thought about mentioning it to him, but you can. Do whatever you want.” I invite him all the time. I try to encourage him to come back around the family that loves him, but dead silence.
Mom text him, but dead silence. But you see, she forgot to tell him what time the event was. So, she proceeded to text him again.
Ring! Ring! Ring!
“I think this is <his> phone number! I think this is <him>!”
“Hi <his name>.”
“Where is the event?”
Will he actually show up? Only God knows, but what I do know is, God moves…
S-U-D-D-E-N-L-Y and in those moments we must give Him thanks!
Thank you Lord for the “Suddenly’s” in my life!
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“I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.”
Psalm 89:1 NLT
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