We have spent the last several months in preparation for our trip to Uganda and have prayed with anticipation the work God is going to do while we are there. Yet the past few days I have found myself pondering why we have to wait to see what God is going to do. Isn’t He already working in our midst? The last two to three months the amount of spiritual warfare our family has experienced has been overwhelming. However, I can absolutely say that it has been through this time we have seen God work.
We have watched our children process life and death here on earth as the Lord has taken several of our relatives this past year. We have shed tears of sorrow and joy together as a family as God slowly moves through our hearts to reveal more of Himself in ways we would never ask for, yet will never say we are not thankful for them now. We have watched the parents of “Punkin” and “Dumplin” (our foster girls) accept Christ despite the challenges and obstacles of having six children in our home. We have seen Satan pull out all his punches in an attempt to thwart God’s desire to prepare our hearts to hear from Him as we venture to Uganda. And watched God work before Uganda to restore those relationships. Our team has experienced swollen lymph nodes, migraines, physical weakness, loss of medical forms, shots records needed and yet not available, and much, much more. But we serve a faithful God (1 Corinthians 1:9) and He has worked through it all. Have we forgotten “For it is God, who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose” (Philippians 2:13).
So why do we think we have to wait until we are on a mission trip, go to church, a revival, or some special event to see God work. He is working all the time. When we “wait to see God work”, we miss out on so many blessings He has for us in the meantime. I have to confess I have spent too many days waiting for God to work when in reality He is working all around me every day.
Please join me in giving God the glory for the work He is doing right now. May we give Him praise and thanksgiving today instead of “waiting” to see Him do greater things. May we join in the Psalmist who says, “The LORD had done great things for us; we were joyful.” As we come to the end of each day may we too find ourselves recounting the great things God does in our lives and be joyful for it instead of laying our heads on our pillows “dreaming” about what God will do instead of rejoicing in what He is doing now.
“God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things that we cannot comprehend.” Job 37:5