Monday, June 7, 2010

Are you there God? It's me, Lemonade Makin' Mama

This adventure seeking has been a lot like riding on a roller coaster lately.  You see, I was pretty sure that if I was joyfully surrendered, and fearlessly obedient, God would immediately, and with out delay, do whatever I thought He should do.  I mean, I was asking to serve Him after all,  right? 

Yeah...

Apparently, I still hadn't gotten it.

I'm always amazed by my own lack of faith.  And I've had some really crazy prayers answered over the course of my life, that when stacked up, should have credited huge quantities of faith to my eternal account.  For example, there was that time when I was broke and pregnant with my first child, and I prayed for a free treadmill.  The next day, the owner of a fitness center came into the bank where I worked, and asked me, "If I had any interest in a free treadmill that he was looking to get rid of."  Then there was a day a few years ago, when I was hosting a garage sale, and financially really needing to sell my daughter's old bed.  We hadn't had any takers, but then again, we hadn't had much traffic all day.  I paused, and prayed about it, and two minutes later, a van turned down our street, pulled in, and the people in it bought Ava's bed.  There have been other times that were just a crazy as these, but for some reason, I lack faith on a pretty regular basis. My faith is strong as long as the answers are immediate.  Make me wait a day or more, and I'm suddenly convinced that there's an empty void in the cosmos.  (Honesty with my own self stinks sometimes.) 

The other day, as I was blubbering about my house not selling yet, (which I know, is ridiculous in the scheme of people's very real problems and life threatening issues in the world today) I forced myself to do a simple faith exercise. I went back through my prayer journal, and began listing every piece of scripture I've been given over the past few weeks, and worked my way backward.  Guess what I found?

I serve a God who:
1.) forgives and doesn't count my sins against me. (2 Corinthians 5:19)
2.) has a plan for a hope and a future for me. (Jeremiah 29:11)
3.) reaches down, rescues me, takes me to a spacious place, and delights in me. (2 Samuel 22:17-20)
4.) hears me, encourages me, listens to me, and defends me. (Psalm 10:17-18)
5.) works out everything. (Ephesians 1:11)
6.) works for a purpose. (Philippians 2:13)
7.) works all things together for good. (Romans 8:28)
8.) cares even for the smallest of birds and keeps them near. (Psalm 84:3)
9.) blesses those who dwell in His house. (Psalm 84:4)
10.) withholds no good thing (Psalm 84:11)


 I don't know what God is planning in my life or yours, for that matter.  But I do know this.  We're safe.  We can breathe.  We can relax.  We can trust. 

There is no void in our cosmos.  Just a very real God who; forgives/doesn't hold our sins against us/has a plan for a hope and a future/rescues and delights in us/hears, encourages, listens, and defends us/works out everything, for a purpose, together for good/cares for things much smaller than us/blesses each of us who dwell in his presence/and promises to withhold no good thing from us! 

So, what do you do when you're waiting....The seconds are slipping by, yet nothing is happening?  Read on...
(all images, Corbis)

26 comments:

  1. Your best post yet! I was intrigued by your site when Deanna sang your praises, and when you blog comes up on the 'ole google reader, I can't help but read... You are very gifted to encourage and I love reading about your husbands big biceps... Hope to see you guys when we come back from furlough!
    Take care,
    Steve Allen
    Zambia

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  2. Excellent post! It is encouraging to know some one else walks the same road I do, with similar 'wacky prayers answered' and yet that "are you there God" lack of faith creeping up on us every so often.
    Keep hiking with Him, if you have peace about selling the house, He will sell it in His time.

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  3. Thank you Sasha. I needed to hear the message again. You're in my prayers.
    I hope your house sells soon.

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  4. You're right. It's hard to wait. Thanks for this wonderful reminder post Sasha! We can trust One who is ENTIRELY trustworthy!

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  5. Love this! Been walking there lately myself.
    Hop over to visit and you can enter my giveaway!

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  6. I have stories just like these Sasha and it gives me goosebumps when He does things like that. But most times the prayers aren't answered on the spot. Bummer! But He is still working...

    I so loved this post and seeing your heart. Keep going back to that prayer journal. Keep reflecting on the answered prayers. It will encourage your heart and give you the faith and hope you need. I love ya sweet girl!

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  7. If we were phone friends, I would call you and after the awkward getting to know you phase, we would talk about how Great God is, and all He has done and we would give praise.

    And also, you would remind me to pray, because I, too, am sitting here thinking WHY GOD WHY and HURRY UP GOD and THIS ALL SUCKS. Because I believe in honesty with God.

    We're trying to move, and we have some giant fat needs, and it'll take some also giant fat miracles to meet those needs. And it's here when my faith wanes and I think "there's no way someone will give us either a car or money for a car, even though we are desperate for it". Just one of those many needs.

    But I'm so grateful that here on the innernets, amidst all the fluff and sillyness, that I've had a chance to meet you, so to speak, and to be encouraged.

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  8. Yep, He is very real and very trustworthy! Great post :)

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  9. So, so true. We are such faithful people when are prayers are answered right away....but make us wait awhile...;-) I am trying...TRYING to be better with this too.

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  10. I remember when I was about your age I went through the same type deal...I so wanted to serve God-But EVERY direction I went was shut down. I really thought God wanted me "out there helping." I remember crying to my mom about it, then she said these words: "Have you ever thought that what you are doing now is what he wants you to keep doing?-You pray for people, are a wife and are raising all these kids-Maybe that is your mission?" So my prayer changed-I told the Lord I would stay at home and asked him to bring anything more he wanted me to do to my table-Not long after a young girl was sitting at my table praying with me asking the Lord into her heart. :)
    I have so many other stories like this to where God has brought the mission field into my home.
    I remember reading a story of a woman of God that helped translate bibles into another language-She did this for years till she passed away-While she was alive she didn't see any people come to the Lord-But after the bibles went out many lives came to the Lord because of her work.
    God works in funny ways - He has a great sense of humor to boot.
    Relax. It will all work out for his glory.
    Love,
    Me

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  11. Amen.

    Sometimes these posts feel like they are speaking directly to me.

    Are you there LMM? Its me, Dandy. :)

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  13. Very well said, and a great reminder.

    I, also, posted something similiar to this yesterday, but you did a much better way of putting it into words.

    We need to just relax and relish that someONE else is in control.

    (Had a typo...had to edit and repost. Oops!)

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  14. Oh how I needed this today! Thank you for your transparency and heart for Jesus!

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  15. I really needed those scriptures today. I have just struggled tremendously the last week with where I am and my own shortcomings. Those verses in 2 Samuel met a need I had today! God used them to encourage me and remind me of the goal here!

    Thanks for sharing your heart!

    Bless you!

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  16. i heart your honesty. i feel the same way about waiting for the answer and i'm so glad to know that i'm not alone in that.

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  17. No matter how many miracles - or how big I too still find myself refusing to trust way too often. My biggest struggle is in giving up control of my life to God and trusting that he will take care of the details in his time.

    On another note - I made your soap yesterday. It was super easy and the supplies were even cheaper here in Indiana. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  18. Amen, Sasha! Sometimes we have to wait, but that doesn't mean He's not working!

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  19. Amen, sister! Things always happen for a reason - always. You have great perspective, honesty and I just love the way you think. Have a good day and lots of hugs to you!

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  20. Very inspiring, Great testimony for an awesome God. He is always with us and will never forsake us! Many Blessings, Deborah... Stop by for a visit sometime, Luv U 2 follow me 2 ! :()

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  21. This is one of my favorites! We need our house to sell, too - especially since we are now hours away from it (and it being there makes us miss it and want to go back). Your scriptures are just what I needed. Thank you for putting them out there for me! (I'll stand in agreement with you! And pray that your house sells! Amen!)

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  22. Such a great post Sasha. It still amazes me how great God is. Just the other day I was standing in front of my kitchen window and I said a quick prayer. I've been struggling with possibly having to go back to work after 11 years home with my children. I basically asked him to help me see which path I'm supposed to take. I said "if your plan is for me to work, will you please show me that path. If it's to stay home then help me be settled and show me that path" The next day, a friend of mine that I worked with all those years ago called and asked if I'd be interested in being his assistant. I interview on Monday with his bosses. We'll see what happens, I'm pretty sure he's lighting my path.

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