Positioned to See

Even when it seems as though God is doing nothing to advance righteousness and his kingdom, he is working. 

  • Every heart-felt song has a pause.
  • Every well constructed week has a Sabbath.
  • Every well-tuned factory machine needs retooling after hours of service.
  • Every well constructed sentence has a period.
  • Every energized movement needs refueling.

God’s work is in a wonderful rhythm of production and rest, but measured in eternal moments.

His work encompasses the All, while my life is so much more singular and small. His work includes the silent growth of mighty oaks over decades and granite mountains over eons.

When I don’t feel important or useful, I try to remember that this is a day GOD has appointed and I’m here because He wanted me to be part of that “cloud of witnesses” He is calling out by His grace – to see and testify to HIS saving power.

My privilege in this more singular moment is to be called and positioned as a witness his great work in the larger, eternal moments of his life.

I didn’t see the mountain constructed but today enjoy it’s shadow and rejoice in its vistas. I’m content knowing he gave it to me through his working over the ages for today’s need.

And so I wait for him. I pause in my headlong pursuit of meaning and connection, allowing him to work out everything to his glory and my good.

It is such a huge privilege to be alive on this day that had to happen for his glorious, perfect plan to be fully realized – to simply be here to watch and wait and witness to him in all the surges, all the turns, all the stops, all the losses, all the gains.

Stand still and see (become a witness to) the salvation of the Lord!

Exodus 14:13-14; 2 Chronicles 20:15-17; Isaiah 41:8-14

“He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’  And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.'” Acts 1:7‭-‬11 ESV

“Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.” Ephesians 3:7‭-‬13 ESV

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19‭-‬22 ESV

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