Sunday, December 7, 2014
"On Fire": God Is Never Doing Nothing (for You). Even in Your Love Life.
"Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]---to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it)."---Ephesians 3:20-21(AMP)
Over the weekend...
I read two really...miraculous stories.
One was about a couple named Tyrel Wolfe and Joana Marchan and it kind of reminded me of the bike story that I referenced a few months ago. Anyway, you can go here to read all of it. In the meantime, here are some of the excerpts:
It all started in 2000, when Wolfe, a then-7-year-old in Midville, Idaho, helped his parents pack Christmas shoebox gifts for children in the Philippines. The project, run by Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse, involved filling the shoe boxes with school supplies, toiletries and small toys.
As part of the project, each shoebox-packer had to include a photo with their gift. Wolfe slipped in a photo of himself in cowboy gear against a rustic mountain background. He gave the shoebox to his aunt, who dropped it off at church.
For almost a decade, he never gave it a second thought...
Then, one day in 2009, Wolfe, now 21, got a Facebook friend request from a Joana Marchan. Not knowing who she was, he ignored the request. Two years passed. She then sent another request in 2011. This time, he was curious. Wolfe messaged Marchan asking her how she knew him.
When she replied, she told him about the shoebox gift that had meant so much to her. Wolfe asked his mother, Denise, who reminded him he had taken part in the charitable activity as a boy...
On Aug. 19, Marchan had an interview at the embassy in Manila and got approved for a visa. By Sept. 4, they were off to start a life together in the small town of Midville...
The newlyweds now live in their own house in Midville, a quarter mile from Wolfe's parents.
Yeah again, click on the link to read all of it, but that's the gist.
Then there's this story (click on this link to read all of it):
A woman whose parents died in a plane crash 55 years ago has been reunited with her mother's wedding ring after a hiker found it near the crash site and tracked her down.
Hugh and Hazel Wharton, went missing while flying their four-seater plane over western Washington in 1959. Their daughter Joyce Wharton said her father was a very experienced pilot, but 'they flew that morning out of Portland to Seattle and never arrived.'
The crash site was discovered 14 years later. just a few miles outside of Centralia, reports Q13FOX. But Ms Wharton says only her father's wallet and some buttons were left.
In 1997 Nick Buchanan, a logger, was hiking when he saw a small cedar tree.'I'm digging in the roots and flipped that ring out,' he said. The ring was gold with five stones.
'Had the tree grown just a few more years, it would have been covered up forever,' he said.
Buchanan said he realized it belonged to the couple who died in the plane crash and for nearly 20 years he kept the ring safe.
The first story was a 14-year journey.
The second story was a whopping 55-year one.
And while I know that as it specifically relates to the purpose of this blog, for some of you the thought of waiting even one more day/month/year to be joined to your beloved is emotionally excruciating, I'm led (Luke 12:12) to share those stories, not so much as a message of patience (although that is certainly important-James 1:4, Romans 8:22-28-Message), but a reminder of just how thorough God is; how involved he is in our stories, *including our love stories*, even when we don't have all of the "pieces of the puzzle" in hand.
There are way too many people who find themselves in less-than-God's-best situations, *especially in the area of relationships*, and it's because they feel like God has somehow forgotten a prayer request of theirs. Now for the record, it's important to remember two things about our prayer life:
"Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God."---Romans 8:26-27(NKJV)
"Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him."---I John 5:14-15(NKJV)
Oh, and let me through in this one for good measure:
"One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination."---Proverbs 28:9(NKJV)
"God has no use for the prayers of the people who won’t listen to him."---Proverbs 28:9(Message)
God is far more concerned about his will in your life being manifested than your own. And so, take it from me, it can bring you a lot more peace of mind (Philippians 4:6-7) if you *make the time* to ask God "Show me how to pray what your will is for my life so that we can be in agreement. So that I'll be waiting on what you want for me rather than me assuming that I am waiting on what I desire."
And along with that, it's also important to remember that possesses all (Genesis 14:19) and sees all. In fact, one of his Hebrew names is El Roi and it means "The God Who Sees". That said, there is no absolutely way that your Father knows the number of hairs that are on your head (Luke 12:7) and doesn't know what to do about your love life! And so, don't assume that just because it seems like nothing is going on or that you're not sure of what is going on (walk by faith and not by sight, right?-2 Corinthians 5:7) that nothing is. John Piper was so on it when he said that just because you may only know about three things that are going on, via God, in your life, that doesn't mean there aren't literally thousands of other ones! This is why we're told things like God can do exceedingly and abundantly above what we can *ask* or *think*. It's a spiritual forecast. Even when it comes to love.
A shoebox led a boy in one country to his wife in another.
A hiker could find a wedding ring (*a wedding ring*) in a tree and know exactly who to give it to.
God knows who your husband is and he's doing something about it right now.
He's never doing nothing. He's doing far more than you could ever dream.
Don't doubt that. Trust him.