I’m not trying to be disrespectful of my God and Creator, but sometimes I find myself… frustrated with Him.
… Can I say that?
Do you ever wonder why He allows certain things to happen? And then in other situations – that could really use a big dose of God – things seem to stand still?
At times… I cannot wrap my brain around why God handles things the way He does.
- Sure, sometimes it makes complete sense.
- Other times, hindsight is 20/20.
- But sometimes, we are clueless.
Proverbs 3:5 in the Message says, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.”
This is hard for me.
You see… I’m a self-professed figure-outer.
The bottom line is that – I want to know.
I want to have a game plan in place.
I want to be able to make sense of things.
I want to see how things will end up.
I want to be able to predict the strategy… the ending… the answer… the direction.
But my humanness keeps me in a place where ALL I CAN DO is trust God.
And to be perfectly honest, at times that really annoys me.
Sheesh… I’m really throwing it out there today, friends.
… Can anyone relate to this?
Listen, I’ve been a Christ-follower for years.
I speak and write about God’s goodness and faithfulness.
I’m raising my kids to trust God and His timing.
I have seen God show up in huge ways in my life.
I know God’s plans are to prosper me and not harm me.
I know He will finish a good work in me.
I know His plans are to give me a hope and a future.
But there are times and situations where I struggle to understand God.
Really? You, too?
In Isaiah 55:8, God says “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
So maybe, I am asking the wrong question.
You know… that “why” question can get us into trouble. Because the truth is that we may never know this side of Heaven.
What if instead, we asked God the “where” question?
Where are you in this?
Where do you want me to be?
Where do I need to submit?
Where in my thought life can I change?
Where can I co-partner with you?
When we do that, we are acknowledging that God is – indeed – present and active in our circumstance.
We are submitting to His authority… and His way of doing things.
We are asking to be part of His plan.
Sisters… doesn’t that make more sense?
Maybe what we need to do, is simply change our question.
REALITY CHECK: In what situation do you need to change your “why” question to a “where” question?
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