Chapter 7 of What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. There is no exclamation point in the title, but I needed to put it there.
I am glad to be blogging about chapter 7 because I decided to stop reading until I caught the blog up. With school as busy as it has been this last week it hasn't been easy. I am currently stopped at chapter 9 so I'll be able to start reading again soon.
"I was smack-dab in the middle of a famine, and though I knew the purpose was to learn to depend on God like never before, it was hard. The more I prayed about and pondered trying to make everything fit, the more I kept saying, 'There's no way..there's just no way'." Lysa
Ever been there? Yes! Just last week actually, I was telling God for the millionth time. Of course, I know that with Him all things are possible. Knowing something doesn't always mean that I don't doubt. When I look at the situation that is all I can say,"there's no way!" I felt myself getting agitated and knew that it was either going to overwhelm me or I had to do what I should have done all along, give it to God. I chose the later. I've chosen the former enough times to know how that would turn out. Me in a puddle of tears and thinking that God doesn't care about me or His promises. Turning it to Him was so sweet. I felt His peace the moment I did and the "there's no way" moment turned into an opportunity to focus on His faithfulness.
Lysa mentioned that when she was thinking "there's no way" that she had to continue to pray and watch for God's answers. She stopped trying to figure it out and simply waited on God. Exactly! Not only am I watching for His answer, I am anticipating His working in the time before it comes. Each day is a chance to see Him move in my life. I know that He is working on the inside of me and it's can be painful, but it is so amazing to experience the change. Everyday is a chance to see Him at work in ways that I never expected. Everyday is a chance to see His work in the situation.
Maybe "see" isn't the right word, because sometimes I don't see anything changing in the situation, or what I see seems to that the situation is worse. Yet, I know that He is at work, and maybe the lack of seeing it is actually the proof that He is. I believe that satan wants to destroy all the is good. John 10:10 tells us that he does. He comes to kill and destroy. If he didn't see it as something good, as a promise of God, would he bother to spend the time to make it look as if nothing is happening, or to make it look worse? I don't think so. I think the more he tries to destroy it the more likely it is the God is working. I visualize satan straining as he is trying to tear down and destroy but there's God doing His work and satan is making no progress. Satan thought what he tore down destroyed the promise, but then he has to stand there and see how God use the tore down to carry out his plan.
I want to finish this blog with a word from Lysa that I know I need to remember everyday, "He was reminding me that there is always a way with Him."