(Blog by Stan Kellner – www.stankellner.com)
I fully intended to move on from last week’s blog post. However, a number of things have challenged me to linger a bit longer on this concept of “God’s Waiting Room”.
First, shortly after I posted the entry last week I received a comment that struck me deeply. The basic idea was that my blog post became a huge encouragement and lifeline to one of the readers. The timing was unbelievable.
They had been deep in thought regarding their present and future and how they were to cope with the huge challenges in their lives. They apparently felt what I had felt – where is God when we are waiting? Did He leave me on a shelf? Has He forgotten me? Why is He so silent?
This tells me there are others who are in the very middle of this challenge and thought-process as well. Of course, the Bible echoes that thought as well.
Our situation has continued to deteriorate in the financial realm. We are contemplating a number of action steps in order to pave the way toward resolution while, at the same time, putting our lives in God’s capable hands every day. No, make that every moment!
I’m not one for flinging Bible verses recklessly and giving advice that can sometimes comes across as insensitive or uncaring to those I’m attempting to encourage.
So, in the spirit of being a fellow-struggler (sometimes fellow-straggler) I’d like to share a few passages that I’m clinging to, sometimes with all the faith I can muster – even if it’s only the faith of a mustard seed!
“Faithful is He Who has called you and He will bring it to pass” (I Thessalonians 5:24)
“As for God His way is perfect…” (Psalm 18:30)
“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. (I Corinthians 10:13)
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
“God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole. I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.” (I Peter 1:5-7)
In the midst of our present challgenges, I’m fascinated by the unexpected “border enlargements” God is giving me from time to time, especially as bill collectors call. I’ve found that, for the most part, they are very nice people who are merely doing their job.
Interestingly, there have been moments when one of the collectors would respond with – “I’m praying for you Mr. Kellner.” Or “Mr. Kellner, not long ago I was in your exact situation so I can empathize with you”.
One time our car loan collector called and asked if I could make some type of payment to stave off repossession proceedings. I told her I wish I could but had no money. I arrived home and found a check in the mail. I called the car loan folks back and, believe it or not, got the same person on the line. They were greatly impacted that an hour after the last call, I was able to call them back and make a payment. I gave glory to God and she appreciated that!
What was even more astounding is that this company has phone banks in three states and yet I got right back to the exact person I had been dealing with an hour before. THAT was a God thing!
So, as I’m on my “appointed journey” God is revealing Himself to me in ways that I either hadn’t seen before and hadn’t take time to observe before. Even as Naomi didn’t know all the reasons why God took everything from her in Moab, only to provide Ruth who would be part of our Messiah’s lineage, so we have limited view as to what in the world God is up to.
Either way, I’m thankful for His love, mercy, lovingkindness and GRACE.
How are you faring during your appointed journey of challenge?