Many O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to You; were I to speak and tell of them they would be too many to declare.Psalm 40:5
I cannot help but wonder at and be in awe of the things God is doing during this time.
I wonder at His tender care for us, so intimate that not a single tear escapes His notice.
I wonder at His power; even the wind and waves obey Him. Pandemics, too, are under His control.
I wonder at how He will use it all, even the hard things, to accomplish good things.
I wonder about our college daughter (home months early) and how God might use the time to deepen her relationship with her sister. I wonder at how He might use it to repair hurts between her and me.
I wonder about my husband and me as we both work from home. I wonder how He might use this time to inspire new patterns and new habits (walks after dinner or talks in the quiet of the morning).
And I wonder how He—the God of abundance—might use me, how He might use all believers, for good today and in the days to come.
The Bible tells us that He planned for us to co-labor with Him in the good He is accomplishing. In fact, the good He planned for us to do, even during this pandemic, is immeasurable. The good He planned literally cannot be counted.
The joy of that truth is sustaining. It is the joy of the LORD, which is our strength.
Remember that, Sweet Friend, when the enemy of your soul tries to steal your joy. Remember that the God of the Universe has not overlooked you. He has invited you to join Him in the good, new thing He is doing in, through and around you. Remember and be strengthened.
And know this: there is nothing new under the sun. These days of uncertainty, while hard, are not new. It’s just that our good, good God has graciously given us eyes to see how uncertain life is on this earth and to know that He alone is our strength.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah 43:19
Sometimes the good we do is simply the action of graciously receiving the good someone does for us. With that in mind, where is God inviting you to join Him in the good He is doing? What new thing is God doing in, through and around you?
Father, it is humbling to know that You planned for me to join You in the good You are doing. Give me eyes to see the good You prepared in advance for me to do. May I graciously receive what others may give me, knowing that too is good. Thank you. In Jesus name, amen.
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