Friday, August 13, 2010

God's Will Often Unfolds

Have you ever had your world coming tumbling down on you? Maybe something happened you didn't expect or see coming, then....boom! You find yourself in a tizzy and wonder how things are going to get better? I've been in that spot just this week.

In reading in I Samuel 9, Saul had one of those 'out of the blue' moments. When a teenager, Saul's father sent him to look for the family's donkeys. Saul thought it would be an easy trip. After all, donkeys aren't known for being intelligent so this couldn't take long, right? Wrong. Saul was gone long enough that he was worried his father may start looking for him. Saul never dreamed his long trip looking for the family livestock was orchestrated by the Lord to lead him to the prophet Samuel. When the two finally met, Samuel anointed Saul king over Israel, then proceeded to tell Saul other opportunities that would be coming his way. In in verse 7, Samuel tells him "And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you."

I love to plant flowers. Although I would enjoy having a yard full of immediately blooming tiger lillies, tulips and jonquils, I must plant the bulbs first and wait for the rest to happen. Through seasonal changes, rain, wind, harsh Mississippi summers and dramatic cold spells, the bulbs finally burst open and the stems shoot forth to produce a beautiful display in my flower beds.

We can't doubt God in the darkness what God has obviously done for us in the light. We can't collapse in fear when faced with adversity. God's will for you isn't always a quick unveiling, but more like an unfolding. He knows the future and will reveal His will for you and me and the choices we need to make, one step at a time.

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