Monday, October 22, 2012

Reflecting on His Goodness

A reflection of trees in the water where Ted and I went canoeing recently.
Many times lately, I awaken in the night and sleep eludes me. "God, you know this situation is beyond our control." (Friends, insert your own area of concern here.) 

Sometimes I feel like the only one who has ever been through this particular set of circumstances (though I know that is not true). My mind is working, working, working through possible scenarios as I try to fix things myself. But, of course, I am inadequate and powerless to change things.

That's OK, because I know the One who can! I turn my thoughts back to Him...

Nothing is too difficult for you, Lord. Your arm is not too short. You are all powerful. You can make a way when there seems to be no way. All things are possible. My hope is in you. Your grace is sufficient. You give me all I need for today. When I am weak, you are strong. 

In those sleepless moments, I choose to reflect on the goodness of God instead of the depth of my concern. I needn't worry about tomorrow because God can do all kinds of things -- when it is time.

I realize, gracious God, that wisdom and strength don’t come in great “chunks” bestowed upon me, but by walking with you and abiding in you, through it all. You give me daily “manna as I stay near, surrendering all, trusting and listening for guidance each step of the way.


  1. I just finished reading a biography of Adoniram Judson who worked in Asia back in the early 1800's. I was so struck by all the difficulties he faced that seemed to be blocking the very ministry God had called him to -- in prison, or spent months at sea away from his family, children died, colleagues died, two wives died, the work seemed impossible in a country that didn't want them there. His faith wasn't even very strong sometimes, he felt like quitting. Yet in the end, the big picture is that today, many people in that country are strong believers, and are still reading the Bible that he translated over 150 years ago. We are all servants in God's bigger plan, and He can use us if we are willing. Read Revelation -- no matter what the circumstances, we who live in Christ are victorious. It's not easy along the way, but deeply good. So keep sinking those roots down deep for that living water.

  2. Oh how I loved this it spoke to my heart as always. I love your writing and your heart. It is so comforting that He walks with us through all our trials. Be blessed

  3. Loved this in Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
    The Certainty of God’s Promise
    13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”[d] 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
    Thank you for the Blessings of your teachings. In Him Laurie :)

  4. Great comments, wonderful encouragement! Thank you!