Thursday, September 18, 2014

When it seems nothing is happening

One of the lessons God has been driving home in my life over the past few years is that He is at work even when it seems nothing is happening.

We pray, we fast, we look around, and it seems zilch is going on.

We wonder.

However, God is behind the scenes, moving, changing, solving, undoing, transforming, healing, restoring, loving, inspiring, stopping, convicting, creating, blessing, and on, and on. Then one day, a previously sealed door cracks open, and the sliver of light coming through it makes us fall to our knees in awe.

All the while, God has been moving towards that moment.

Occasionally when I grow discouraged in writing endeavors, I poke around on the internet to see if anything is happening with my writing that I don’t know about, perhaps, a new book review for Give My Love to the Chestnut Trees or Home to Currahee.

While doing that this week, I found something amazing—a lovely video of my “Just a Wobble” devo from last October’s Upper Room Magazine being interpreted into British Sign Language.

BSL Daily Devotions is a web-based collection of Upper Room devotions translated into British Sign Language. A battle with cancer spurred Ramon Wolfe toward its development in 2012. “…I felt the need and the duty for this to be shared among our BSL signers in this country so that they can receive the Gospel,” he says according to the BSL site.

I enjoyed the translator’s interpretation along with the bicycle spoke graphic, and then it occurred to me that since the site was developed in 2012, I might have another devo on it. Sure enough. A video of my meditation, “The Whole Picture” is also on the site.

Can I tell you how blessed I feel about this discovery?

When it seems you’re staring at a blank wall, remember, beyond it, God is working in unimaginable ways. It would have never occurred to me to think, “Hey, I think I’ll get on the internet and see if someone is interpreting my devotions into British sign language.” But for about a year, they have been, and I didn’t even know it.

Friend, no matter what you’re praying about, God is working the same way in your life. Be encouraged.

"God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

To see the videos, click here for “Just a Wobble” and here for “The Whole Picture.”


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Beverly Varnado said...

A real encouragement for all writers . Thanks, Patricia.

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