When you think back on this past year, what comes to mind?
I have opened my curtains many mornings this past year, thinking on the verse, “Pray continually, being watchful in it with thanksgiving,” (Colossians 4:2). I want to keep choosing a heart posture of watching to see God at work! But as 2019 ends, I don’t yet see the answer to prayer in this area of need, and this year ends without closure.
What have you been praying? In what area of your life is this year coming to a close without answers?
I want to share hope and encouragement from Isaiah 55:9-11:
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
In this passage, God is at work with seeds and raindrops. He works out His plans and purposes over time.
A seed waits.
It rains more, many times.
And finally, the seed sprouts. This seeds grows, eventually producing more seed, which gives seed to the sower and feeds the hungry.
This all requires much patience over time, and faith!
God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours. We may desire big, exciting answers to our prayers. He often works in humble, hidden ways of seeds and raindrops. Small raindrops that work as catalysts to bring life to seeds – seeds of circumstances with people, place, and time in our lives.
God is at work on the ground we already stand on! There are seeds and raindrops already in motion. We need not necessarily wait for His purpose to be revealed in one swift motion.
With faith, we can trust Him – He will accomplish what He has begun in our lives!
With faith, we remember who He is, that He loves us and we can trust Him.
Will you join me in keeping your eyes open for seeds and raindrops as we go into a new year?
“God, Your thoughts and ways are higher than mine. Please give me eyes of faith to see You at work in seeds and raindrops in my life. Please strengthen me to be patient and steadfast as I wait. I trust that You care for me and are at work, and that You will accomplish your purposes.”
Kathryn Featherstone is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a board-certified Christian Life Coach, who helps people live and love well out of their strengths and their relationship with Christ. She’d like to encourage you in your journey! Write her a note or see her Coaching page.