Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Seeing Nothing Means Nothing

By faith we understand that...
what we now see did not come
from anything that can be seen. Heb 3

I have been in the middle of a long season
where I just can’t see what God is doing.
It seems like nothing is happening, 
and nothing is what will come out of it all.
This verse reminds us that 
seeing nothing means nothing.

When God creates, He creates in another
dimension and then releases it into our own.
He asks us by faith to see it,
but we don’t see by looking aroud.

We see by believing--
believing He is always acting on our behalf,
believing He has for us a future and a hope,
believing He is always good and always
working all things together for good.
A believing eye sees what isn’t there.
A believing eye sees that He is 
always in the process of transforming,
regenerating, and renewing us
so we look more like His Son.
This is what we are often missing when
we are “looking” to see what He is doing.

In the middle of a story, we can get stuck
on a page, a scene, a character, an event.
But the author has already worked that out.
They are always moving the story along,
using everything that happens to build
not only a great story, but a great ending.

So I cant see anything right now,
which means nothing.
The whole universe came about during
a season where nothing could be seen.
My believing eye sees that He is 
trans-forming me through this story I am in,
which gives me assurance about the things
I cant seethe next page of this story.



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Not Shaken, Not Stirred

Let all that I am wait quietly before God...
He is my fortress; I will not be shaken.
Psalm 62:5

I can be shaken far too easily.
I survey all that is around me,
wanting to see calm seas surrounding
not only me, but also around every person
and every situation I am connected with.
My peace is often contingent on
my evaluation of those seas.
It doesn’t take a lot of wind to stir the waters.
My prayer is usually about calming 
whatever waters are swirling around,
but Jesus showed His disciples what
 He thought about choppy waters.
They didn’t matter a bit to Him;
their faith and trust in Him mattered.

I often think my prayers are heard
only if I see the storm being calmed.
My desire for calm waters has to give way
to a greater desire for a calm heart. 
He is always doing more than what we can see.

I can’t—and He won’t—calm the waters
every time they get choppy.
But I can—and He will—calm my heart.

“I’m leaving you well and whole.
That’s my parting gift to you. Peace."
John 14:27

He has left me well and whole.
He has left me with His peace.
I'm meditating on that truth today.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

A Trinity of New

I am about to do something new. 
See, I have already begun! 
Do you not see it? 
Isaiah 43:18

The tenses in this passage reveal mystery.
About to do something. Already begun.
He asks if we see the futuretoday.

Part of God's nature is making all things new  
and twenty sixteen is one of those things.
He is about to do something and 
 says He has already begun.
Do you not see it?

We are grateful for the past year,
but we also put it behind us--
that we might look forward in hope.
Being able to see our hope for tomorrow
changes how we see today.

The Lord always wants us to see beyond 
what is visible and past what is limiting.
Visible and limiting things can consume us.
He is always working in the invisible,
and no matter what today looks like,
He has already begun a new work for tomorrow.
His trinity of love, grace and mercy 
invite us forward and remind us-- 
at this new day, new month, new year--
that there is so much more.
A trinity of new.

The sun has risen again.