So, recently I took a look at our blogroll. (Have you added your own blog there yet?) That led me to Early Morning Missionary. (So nice to "meet" you Casey!) From there, I ended up on this post and discovered a whole world of missions blogging that I hadn't seen before. (I did see some familiar faces from here, though.)
But back to "this post," as I call it....
The questions asked there have been ringing in my head all week. This statement, too:
I have the exact same response that she did: "Sigh.""If you follow and obey God, it will always work out for God. There’s no promise about it working out for you."
Here we are. Trying as hard as we can to follow. And yet it feels like we've been wandering in the wilderness for 5 years. Our time here hasn't been wasted; I won't go so far as to say that. But it has just been hard and has often seemed pointless. So--strangely--what I quoted above has been a real encouragement to me in what I have been wresting with. As I ask God why He has had us here, what we have been supposed to be doing, if we missed His direction, and so on, I think I have finally found the answer. And it's a strange one: I may never know! How is that an answer? What feels like an answer is the assurance that it is working out for God.
It is also working out for good. I have been able to cling to "All things work together for good," but it has been so hard to understand the how and why. I guess what is just sinking in now is that this is good. It may not look good to me, but I can't see the whole picture. It is working out for God's glory, and I will trust. His glory is also ultimately for my good. That is what is promised.
To the quote above, I think I have to add a little bit: If you follow and obey God, it will always work out for God. There’s no promise about it working out for you in this life. Then I can agree with it.
What about you? Do you agree? Does obedience necessarily mean a thriving ministry and rewards in this life? I would also love to hear you explain it another way, if you disagree.
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And a little bonus--a poem from the Daily Strength for Daily Needs that I am coming to love so much:
"All is of God that is, and is to be;
And God is good."
Let this suffice us still,
Resting in childlike trust upon His will,
Who moves to His great ends, unthwarted by the ill.
J. G. WHITTIER.