Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Not Done Yet

This morning when I took Daniel to kindergarten, a new teacher was in his room. She told me that his previous teacher had a family situation come up and would be out the rest of the semester. So I let her know that we have been picking Daniel up before nap time and bringing him back when it's over.

Then I sat in the office of the kindergarten director during the half hour before I was to teach English to the oldest class. I had brought my Bible and journal and spent some time in the Psalms. These passages encouraged and challenged me as I thought about Daniel and our celebrating his 9th birthday yesterday.

The verses reminded me that God created him just the way he is. And that God has been and will keep on watching over him all the days of his life. I realized that my discouragement last week and my being quick to jump to the conclusion that school was not going to work for him was like I was looking into his future and writing in a big black marker over the unwritten pages of his life: HOPELESS and BURDEN. That is so not God's perspective. His plans for Daniel are full of hope and promise. I want to have eyes of faith to see what God sees and to trust Him in the dark.

“I lift my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm; he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
(Psalm 121)

“our eyes look to the Lord our God till he shows us his mercy.” (Psalm 123:2b)

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.” (Psalm 130:5)

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.” (Psalm 137:8)

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13-16)

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

“When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way.” (Psalm 142:3a)

In addition to the Psalms, this story from An Hour With George Muller by Charles R. Parsons challenged me of my need to grow in faith: Once when George Muller was on a steamer off the banks of Newfoundland, he told the captain he needed to be in Quebec in 3 days because he had not broken an engagement in 57 years.

Impossible,” the captain told him. “Do you know how dense this fog is?

No,” he replied, “my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of my life.

Then George Muller prayed that God would lift the fog, and He did.

God, would you give me eyes of faith like that? I want to trust You to accomplish all of Your purposes in and through Daniel's life. To believe that You are not done with him yet. Great things You have done and great things You will do.

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