Mar 25, 2010

When Everything Seems Impossible

Things happen in life that we really can't control. Many people assume that these things are signs that "x" is or is not supposed to happen. Sometimes it seems like just when you've climbed to the top of the mountain and are about to claim "King of the Mountain," a rock shifts and you go crashing down again. Timing can be an issue that is just unconquerable by human efforts. How often I have thought, "Ok, I've got my life all together, now would be a perfect time for _______." These days, that blank is usually filled with [a baby]. However, it has been filled with various other nouns in the past - a boyfriend, a husband, a car, an apartment, a house and on and on the list goes.

The funny thing is that God doesn't usually listen to me when I tell him I'm ready.  He seems to have timing down to a science - He's got it wrapped around his little finger, if you will. I've tried and tried to figure it out but have only come to one conclusion. I will never understand. That doesn't mean that I'm sitting back just waiting for life to happen in front of me. It also doesn't mean that I am supposed try to make things happen on my own.  There is a fine line between taking steps in life that I believe God is asking me to take and being still, waiting for God to move. Sometimes I don't get the steps right or I wait too long or not long enough, but that doesn't mean that I've ruined everything. God is Sovereign and his will prevails.

Right now my life feels like it is anything but "all together." Does that stop me from praying about our adoption and hoping in God's amazing power? Nope, not at all. In fact, I'm encouraged even more to "Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly (1 Corinthians 13:13)."  I believe that God knows what is best for me and that he will move mountains that stand in my way or enable me to climb them with His strength.

"He knows us far better than we know ourselves...and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. God knew what he was doing from the very beginning." 
Romans 8:27-29

"You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, 
his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus." 
 Philippians 4:19


Lady Maphet said...

Isn't it amazing how, if God hadn't allowed you to go through all that, if he decided to give you what you want, when you want, you could have never have been so deepened and stretched to the point that you bow before the unsearchable God. He loves us more than we really want him to.

Devon said...

Great post! I agree with Amy (was going to say the same thing.) I often think back to all the times that I tried to "take the wheel" (OK, OK. I admit I like that cheesy country song. So shoot me.) and can't help but shake my head. As stubborn as I can be sometimes, when it is all said and done, I am so glad He is in control!

Sarah said...

Diddo... And when everything does seem impossible...the Lord loves to shows us the possible... His timing is always so perfect!!! We just need to get ourselves out of the immediate mode...

Therefore, having been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access
by faith into this grace in which we stand,
and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations,
knowing that tribulation produces perseverance,
and perseverance character, and character hope.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us...
~Romans 5:1-5

AmyK said...

This post applies to where I'm at right now! God's timing has been on my mind a lot, as well as His sovereignty. I find it can be so difficult to give up my ideas of what I think would be perfect timing and what would be the perfect sequence of events. I really like what you wrote here: "He will move mountains that stand in my way or enable me to climb them with His strength." I will be holding on to that!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the reminder Livi.
Please keep writing. The Body of Christ is strengthened when we can share what we are learning. Mom