Whenever we visit coastal Georgia, I bike over to one of my favorite stretches of marsh to see what might be moving. On a recent trip, I'm pedaling along and then spot this guy. I get off my bike and creep up to him just in time to catch him eating breakfast (a little pixilated, a blow up on an iphone)―
At times, I can sit on that marsh bank for what seems like forever and nothing seems to be happening. It feels like only me and miles of grass. But I know that’s not true. I know all around me life is stirring. I just can’t see it. Clapper rails are nesting, blue crabs are scurrying, and small fish are weaving their way through the grass maze.
In the same way, it can seem even though we’ve prayed, nothing is happening―miles and miles of sameness. And yet, God is moving. In fact, Bible teacher, Priscilla Shirer, says, “God is at work right now doing something for you that you can’t do for yourself.”
We have to keep waiting and believing.
Then, it can be like my heron and his fish. God allows us to see something spectacular. God doesn’t have to do it, but He does. He pulls back the curtains and gives us a peek into the mysteries of His ways. He is always at work, always has our best interests in His heart, and in those impossible problems we can’t begin to solve, He’s already there.
So, if it’s been a long time, and nothing seems to be happening, take heart. A blue heron sized wonder may be just around the corner.
“God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over” (Lamentations 3:22-24 The Message).