By Brook Ault
A lot of times, I find myself getting irritated with God. When I want something, I want it yesterday and I’m not very patient when it comes to waiting on God’s timing. Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish that my prayers would be automatically answered. I mean how incredibly convenient would it be if God could just heal my sick grandfather or reveal my future career plans right when I say amen. But the fact of the matter is, our God doesn’t work that way. He isn’t some being who sits in heaven, snaps his fingers, and then bam, all our problems are gone. Rather, Christ is our father. He wants to guide us, direct us, and foster a relationship with us.
We’ve all heard it before.God’s work isn’t finished, he is still working through us and crafting us everyday. This past year has made that truth ring louder in my ears than ever before. The growth I have experienced since high school and the continual growth I see in myself everyday is a testament to the fact that God is still working on us.
Sometimes, if I’m feeling hopeless and burnt out, I doubt that God will follow through. I think maybe that issue that I’m steeling with just going to be something I’m going to have to deal with. But each time I am reminded of God’s faithfulness. He may not work in ways I expect him to or when I expect him to, but he always comes through. Sometimes, God doesn’t change my circumstances by rather works in my heart so that I can react to them in Christ like ways.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you , plans to give you a hope and a future.
If you’ve been frustrated with God lately, if your struggling with something and losing hope that God will acknowledge your hurt, I encourage you to lean into this verse today and remember that, although we sometimes cannot understand God’s timing, he is still working in our lives.