A few weeks ago, my family and I evacuated the safety and comfort of our homes to go to Tennessee as Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on our city. I rode with my sister and brother-in-law and their sweet and sassy little two year old, June Capri (pictured below), who calls me “Anta”.
It’s usually an eight hour drive, but because of the mass exodus fleeing the path of the storm, it took closer to 10 hours to get there. A 10 hour drive is sure to get anyone of any age stir crazy, but especially a two year old. So, like the wonderful aunt that I am, I kept her busy. We did everything from singing “Let It Go” a million times to playing peek-a-boo.
Peek-a-boo wasn’t your normal hands over your face peek-a-boo. This game was on a whole other level, because she’s my niece, so she’s just naturally pretty cool. The game starts by June putting her “night night” (a little lamb/blanket thing that she sleeps with) over my head and says, “Where are you, Anta?”. She says it over and over until she pulls the blanket off of my head and yells, “BOO!” We played for what felt like forever, but hey, it kept her busy. Even though I was sitting right in front of her, she still asked me, “Where are you, Anta?” as if she couldn’t see me, as if I wasn’t there.
I can’t help but think of how we so often play this game with God. We say, “Where are You, God?” as if He’s not there. We look at our circumstances and our problems and we automatically assume that God isn’t behind the scenes working, as if He’s abandoned us… Even though we know in our hearts that The Bible tells us over and over that “He will never leave us or forsake us.” (Deut. 31:6), we still doubt His presence among us.
The other day, I was doing a bible study that I had previously done a few months ago on prayer. My prayer for that day was, “Lord, I need Your guidance and direction in my life… So, I sit here tonight, waiting for You to move… waiting for You to have your way in every aspect of my life.” I prayed that prayer in February of this year. I was in a really rough season of life and I just didn’t see God moving. I was literally begging Him to move, to work, to do something… anything…
Little did I know, while I was begging God to move on my behalf, He was already at work. He was moving and working and molding my life even though I couldn’t see it. He literally changed every aspect of my life: my church, my work, my school, and my home all changed within months. All of those things had nothing to do with me, and everything to do with God. He used the circumstances I was going through to make less of me, and in turn, make much of Him.
The point of me telling y’all all of this is that we all go through really hard seasons, it’s inevitable. And a lot of times in those seasons, we doubt God, we ask Him why He left us, or why He isn’t there. But the thing is, even though you can’t see God, we have to trust that He is moving. He is already moving and working on your behalf in ways you will only be able to see through faith. He was faithful before and He will be faithful again. Rest in that. Trust in that. Believe in that today, sister.
“Waiting for God is not an absent-minded action; rather, it is a whole-hearted surrender.”
– Gretchen Saffles –
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