There are certain times of the year when we stop to take stock of our lives, assess our progress toward our goals, and reflect on where we are spiritually. For most of us, New Year's Eve is that occasion. For others it may be an anniversary or birthday. For me, those times come frequently, often blindsiding me and driving me to my knees.
Even now as we cross the threshold into the holiday season I find myself looking back on the past several months and anticipating better things ahead. It isn't even Thanksgiving yet, but I feel thankful despite the trials of the past several months. In a season of financial reversal, God has remained true to the promises in His Word to provide for our family in ways we could never have imagined. Still waiting for a job offer for my husband, we are eager to put the challenges of this summer and fall behind us and move into a more prosperous season of our lives.
But as difficult as these past months have been, I consider them a gift. Yes, a gift from God. You see, as we have searched for jobs, praying ceaselessly and waiting less than patiently for prayers to be answered, God has taught me to be still and know -- beyond the shadow of a doubt -- that He is indeed God. God, who is able to multiply loaves and fishes to feed a multitude. God, who is able to provide for our needs over and over again when there wasn't a dime in the bank account or an ounce of gas in the tank. God, who continues to make a way where there is no way.
When was the last time you really sensed God working in your life? Have you considered that the difficulties you are experiencing are not just random bad luck but perhaps His way of drawing you closer to Him by bringing you to a place of such dependence that He is your only answer?
I encourage you to take time to sit still, perhaps with a journal and your Bible nearby, and just listen to what God is whispering to you in the middle of your raging storm. Ask Him specifically to give you a word, jot down what He impresses on your heart, then look to His Word for your answer. It is there, just as surely as He is with you.
Be still and know...He is God!
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