"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."- Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) It's me again, bowing so low One more defeat, another low blow My heart's desires fade into shadows of doubt Growing weary trying to figure it out Lifting tear-filled eyes, I beg you Do something, anything But that's what you're doing Stretching my faith Making sure I'm sure you're there Though I can't see your face But what are you doing? I'm waiting to see All that I hope for finally coming to be It's me again and humbly I come I've seen your hand in my life My heart's desires fade in the light of your face No use trying to make sense of your grace Lifting tear-filled eyes, I thank you For doing something, everything For you hold my life in your faithful hands You hold me and I'll never understand You love me and I don't have to understand All that I hope for is you and I'm in your hands You hold me in your hands
This song that God gave me years ago could not be more relevant now. It’s yet another bit of proof that God has always been working in my life. If you would like to listen to one of God’s gifts to me, click here.
In Matthew 9:18-26, a ruler asked Jesus to raise his daughter from the dead. Jesus started to go with him when he was touched by a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. He stopped to acknowledge her and heal her before continuing on with the ruler. How anxious do you think this man was to get his daughter back? The Bible doesn’t say that he questioned Jesus’ lack of haste, but I’m willing to bet I would have been a bit impatient if it had been my daughter!
God’s timing is absolutely perfect. If Jesus had not stopped to heal the woman, she may have lived the rest of her life bleeding, witnesses may not have been able to fully understand the power of just one touch from Jesus, and we would not have this recorded miracle that gives us a glimpse of how God works.
We want so badly for God to move on our time schedule. But think of all that we could be missing if he worked in that way. Sometimes I think I am like the ruler, waiting impatiently while God works miracles in other people’s lives. It would be, and sometimes is, very easy to envy the healing touch of God. But what if I’m actually like the woman who was bleeding and finally received her miracle? How grateful I would be that he stopped to acknowledge me!
I find comfort in this anonymous quote that says, “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.” Do you think the woman longed to be healed for years? Of course! But if she had already been healed, she would not have had this incredible encounter with Jesus. Think of what she would have missed!
Oh, how I long for God’s healing touch! I dream about it all the time. But if God can use my longsuffering to reveal a greater glory later, I want his miracle instead. If he stops to heal others ahead of me, I rejoice in their miracles! If my waiting eventually places me directly in the path of Jesus, I certainly will wait! Even if I am never physically healed in accordance with my plan, I know that God is working other kinds of healing miracles in my life according to HIS plan. And his plan is always better.
"I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope."- Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
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