Friday, November 1, 2013

HIDE AND WATCH

     Mr. Whisker's ability to find a hiding place, be still and watch amazes me. When something of interest to him is happening, he snuggles into a spot and hunkers down. He keeps his eyes on whatever has intrigued him and does not move.

     At times we are absorbed with some problem. Instead of searching out the solution God's Word offers, we can be scatter-brained thinking of possible fixes and ridiculous "what ifs". When the Holy Spirit captures our attention long enough to nudge us toward a verse, we see a change we can make, a promise to stand on... but... if the answer doesn't happen right away, often we return to our same old ways and become discouraged.

     In Romans 8:25 Paul says, "if we hope for what we do not see [yet], we eagerly wait for it with perseverance." (NKJV -brackets mine) Hope is powerful. We have the Word of God and we can trust it. What He says He will do. We need to see the answer in our hearts before we see it in the natural realm and we can't give up.

     King David claimed God as his hiding place. (Psalm 32:7) And Father God is the safe refuge for every believer. He provides a place of trust and rest until the difficulty is resolved. To hide in the sense of passive withdrawal from our troubles is self-defeating. To rest in confident trust that God is moving on our behalf is victory.

     If my furry buddy can focus, control himself, and persevere until the thing he's waiting for transpires, surely, by God's grace and with the Holy Spirit, the most capable Helper, I too can hunker down in quiet assurance.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this reminder to focus, Mary. And thank you, Mr. Whiskers, for the lesson!

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