Sometimes it's just plain hard to see God at work, but when that is the case, I can be certain that it is ME and not Him who bears responsibility for that. I need to wash the glasses, that is all, and see God for who He is and what He is doing. There are areas where it is super obvious that He is working - we have a church whose pastors love God and we belong to a great body here. It's exciting to watch growth in our friends' lives - near, far away - and in our own.
It can be just plain discouraging, however, to continue to fail, continue to pull yourself up, and keep doing what you know is the right thing and yet see no results. It is painful, and I just wish I could change it, if I am completely honest. I know I am not alone. We are not alone. We are not forsaken, abandoned, neglected, or denied. We may feel that way at times, but feelings do not have to govern my actions.
And those feelings do not for one minute, one second, one millisecond change God's goodness. He is completely good, all the time. When the body hurts, when the emotions are out of control, when overwhelmed doesn't begin to describe it, He is in control and He is working. He is - no really, He IS - using the trying, discouraging, plodding times to chisel away parts of me that are not like Him. Despite His chisel, there are lots of times I remain stubborn and unchanged - locked in the same struggle as my 3 year old son finds himself. The struggle between what I want and what will be.
God is going to accomplish His best. I can (because of His grace) rest in truth, relax, and choose to see Him working. Even when it hurts. Maybe even especially because it hurts. And that fact is evidence that God is at work on this Monday, and every day.
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"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up..." 1 Thess. 5:11
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