He's Not Finished With You Yet ~ God is in control and He is good
Have you ever had one of those going through the motions kind of days? A day when you feel like one more tiny little mishap on top of an already quite full plate may just nudge you into the abyss. Now that may not have been your day this week, but it could be. At the happening of just this kind of day, it's next to impossible to find the humor at the moment. It's also not likely that you will just breathe and count to ten. It's more likely that you will want to fall right where you are, cry your bloody head off until you can’t even breathe, and then maybe fall asleep, or do some mindless no brain activity.
I don't want to be morbid and share with you that this is inevitable, that you will at some point in your life a moment such as this horrible breaking point. I am also sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it will come when you least expect it. It will also probably come when there is absolutely no time or place for you to just fall apart completely.
I would like to share three points below that may help in these moments:
1. It is very true that God gives us no more than we can handle. It is also true that He will give us what we need and will provide whatever or whoever may be the touch point we require. I'm just trying, to be honest in my faithful and strongly committed relationship to the Lord. It's still going to be a shocker as we are not in control and it's not our timing. I do want to assure you that although the humor may not be in that complete, “I GIVE UP” moment, it will follow in a short amount of time if we can participate in active listening.
2. Active listening is an essential skill. Learning how to become a better listener can increase your productivity, and improve our relationships. To actively listen is to restate or paraphrase what you have heard the speaker say, hence confirming the information given has been heard accurately by both parties. Believe the most important relationship is with God. If we work on that then everything else falls into place.
3. Knowledge is everything but even given the tools and knowledge we do not always utilize said tools in a pinch or sometimes we use tools incorrectly and cause more damage. Be sure not to use knowledge as a mallet on others, someone will always get hurt.
First, let me set a picture, you're having a particularly rough week and maybe your plate has, so much on it that you know in your mind, there is no room left, not even for salt (sorry trying to think of something small.) Then someone takes the salt shaker to put just a sprinkle onto this plate to make it taste a tiny bit better. This plate is already the most undesirable plate; let’s just say it's a full plate of liver and onions. This to me would be a very unpalatable plate. I can’t see myself eating liver and onions even if I was on a deserted island. I'm afraid I sound spoiled, but the truth is the thought of liver makes me cringe. To make it a little more, disgusting let's add that the liver has spoiled and has a particularly foul odor. You are going along trying to stomach the liver as it was the only option, but then it happens, the salt shaker top is loose and pours out all over the already distasteful plate (this is hypothetical of course, feel free to insert your " I give up" moment, here.) Here it is the “OH MY WORD I GIVE UP” moment. Now here is the fun part. You can’t give up. You are strong, you have faith, people rely on you. You are stronger than this moment, and this too shall pass, but remember, it's the “I GIVE UP!" moment. So you lose it somehow, someway, and you don't even care, because you gave up, right?
Second, all of a sudden you get away from reality and you’re sitting in your car and you think just keep going. If you keep going it will go away. Nope, so at last you wait. You let your head drop and you sob and you pray out loud very animated, I might add while sitting in a parking spot. You have already set the car ignition and the motor is purring because praise God, at least, the car has not broken down with everything else, and for that, you are very grateful. So you wait, you have just driven yourself for the first time in weeks as your plate that was distasteful was providing some already serious limits and boundaries you were fussing, but complying. This moment has followed after weeks of those slamming moments of one thing after another. You are trying to be an example for those around you, knowing that God has great plans for all of this distasteful stuff on your very full plate, and yet this is your very human moment. So you wait, head down tears flowing generously, in the quiet.
Now the radio has come on simultaneously with your purring vehicle, so it's playing in the background, but, you're unaware and frankly not paying attention. You are not actively listening. Then you slowly succumb to the quiet and relax and at that very instance of helplessness the song comes on the radio “Brandon Heath ~ Wait And See ~ He’s Not Finished With You Yet.” WAIT FOR IT, WAIT FOR IT, first a smile, then a full blown hysterical laugh with arms moving and pointing up to heaven as if to say, “alright already I hear you, GOD,” You feel a special kind of JOY that only God could make a moment like this happen. The best part about your JOY is you’re finally able to lift your head up.
Now directly in front of you is a red Volvo and then you see the woman staring at you as if to say, “ARE YOU A CRAZY.” You realize she has witnessed your entire moment and then you laugh even harder as she stares. So you calm down your laughter and slightly smile and wave heartily as she is so mesmerized by you. WAIT FOR IT, yep, she totally rolls her eyes and drives away. All at once, you know it's okay, you're okay again because God came to you through the radio and you were smiling and not rolling your eyes.
The third-point knowledge is everything, but we do not always use the tools that we have in a pinch. I am a Christian I know to go to God immediately. I know His word is accessible and I know if I use that word I am wrapped in His arms of comfort so quickly. Yet, again, I am human so not always do I use what is readily there. Sometimes I need to be nudged or reminded that when I am in my pit there is no greater JOY than knowing God will be there at all times. Sometimes even when we are not listening, He is still actively present, as the Holy Spirit. Every once in a while, He actually flows out of the radio, sits YOU right on HIS lap. He tickles your spirit and makes you see Him so clearly.
When you are reminded by God to smile He takes the tears away.
When you read His word you're reminded He took those tears to the cross.
When you actively listen He will come to you in so many moments.
When you have the tools try not to forget to use them.
No worries if we forget, He reminds us, just close your eyes and listen.
It is so important to know the word of God and study it, so you can call upon it for each and every experience in your life. We also know in studying that word, that the fallen angel lives among us and the temptation of our faith will be forceful while in the valleys. We also know by reading His word there is no greater power than that of God our Father in heaven. He will always find a way to make us see the life line He is throwing into that pit to pull us back up again. Try hard not to be the perfect Christian, for there is no such thing. There is only a perfect Lord and Savior. Jesus suffered, He cried out and He was answered by God. We are human try to find the laughter in the tears. Try to share the smiles with one who is there and try to remember how awesome it will be when we all get to be together in heaven with HIM.
Wait and See ~ Brandon Heath
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