I’ve been in a bit of a funk recently.
I’m ashamed to say that I can get like that sometimes, when life ahead seems uncertain, with no clear direction, no noticeable results from what I’ve been doing, when I’m not sure which direction to head or if I’ve been going in the right direction at all.
But this morning, while I was having my quiet time, I was reminded that God is always at work, even when we can’t see it.
That thought reminded me of something that happened last week on the way home from our island mission.
We had just landed at the airport where we had a lay-over and were taxiing into the terminal when the captain addressed us over the speaker system telling us that we were going to have to sit tight for a bit. Apparently “something” was going on at the gate we were to debark on and it needed to be sorted before we could deplane.
We had no idea what was going on. We couldn’t see anything, we didn’t have a radio to hear any of the communications about the issue. All we could do was sit there, hot, tired, anxious to be on our way, and wait. Just wait.
But, despite the fact we couldn’t see it, work was being done to prepare the area for our arrival. There was very likely a whole crew of very busy folks scurrying around, clearing things out, setting things up, getting ready for us. We couldn’t see it, but it was happening.
That’s what life is like sometimes. You can’t see what God’s doing behind the scenes, how He’s laying things down in preparation for what’s coming. You might even be in a holding pattern, sort of wandering around, not being terribly productive, hangin’ in there, just waiting until you get the “all clear” and direction for what’s next.
The important thing to remember at times like these is that God IS at work, even though we can’t see it. He’s preparing the way, getting ready to keep His promises.
That got me thinking about what promises I could be holding onto right now, while sitting in my own holding pattern. Jeremiah 29:11 came to mind:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Now, my pastor has always taught us…when you’re looking at a verse, in order to understand its full meaning, look at the passage surrounding it. So, when I opened up to Jeremiah 29, I started in verse 1.
Jeremiah wrote a letter to the people recently exiled to Babylon, giving them a message from the Lord. “Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (vs. 5-8)
I read this passage and a thought immediately came to my mind…
“Bloom where you’re planted.”
We’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating, and it certainly gave me a boost this morning. While I’m waiting, I can be busy “blooming.”
And the really neat thing…the thing I can cling to while I’m waiting and blooming…God made a promise. He’s busy right now, working things out, and in the right time, just the right time, He will reveal His plans and give me direction for my good and His glory. He says it right here in His word. All I have to do is hang in there and keep blooming.