Most of you don't know this, but we applied for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" a few months ago. We need a makeover. Our house is so cute, but it is groaning under a plethora of small not-so-small problems. As my disability progresses, the needs for home modifications will increase. The irony in this is that, today, they are bringing a family back to their new home just 60 miles from us. The feeling of "not quite" getting what we need is almost indescribable.
God is working on me, teaching me to trust Him to meet our needs and to do so in HIS time. How hard that is!!!! This morning the devotional below was in my email inbox. God does have a knack for timing. Thank you, Father, for loving me and for meeting our needs in Your way, in Your time. Amen.
His Vision, His Way, In His Timing
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
"Then God said, 'Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about'" (Gen 22:2).
Have you ever wanted something so bad that you would do almost anything to get it? Have you ever gotten so close to fulfilling a dream only to have it disappear right before your eyes? Such was the case for Abraham.
God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. He would have a son. However, Abraham panicked when Sarah aged beyond child bearing years and tried to help God by birthing Ishmael through Sarah's servant, who was not the promised son. Eventually, Isaac was born, who was the promised son.
However, God tells Abraham to sacrifice his only son on an altar to demonstrate his obedience to God. Truly, this is one of the hardest instructions given to one of God's people in all of scripture. It compares only to the Heavenly Father sacrificing His own Son. God intervenes and allows a ram to get caught in the bushes nearby, symbolizing the Lamb of God as a prophetic sign of what is to take place in the future.
God often births a vision in our lives only to allow it to die first before the purest version of the vision is manifested. This has happened several times in my own journey. Oswald Chambers observes, "God's method always seems to be vision first, and then reality, but in between the vision and the reality there is often a deep valley of humiliation. How often has a faithful soul been plunged into a like darkness when after the vision comes the test. When God gives a vision and darkness follows, waiting on God will bring you into accordance with the vision He has given if you await His timing. Otherwise, you try to do away with the supernatural in God's undertakings. Never try to help God fulfill His word."*
When God's vision is finally birthed, nothing will stop it. Our job is to allow God to birth His vision through us His way and in His timing.
Oswald chambers, Not Knowing Where, Discovery House, Grand Rapids, MI.