Thursday, November 08, 2007
My Statement of Faith
Had a wonderful time with Mu, my best friend, yesterday. On top of a cinnamon spice coffee and soft leather chairs at the local cafe, she threw in a little bit of Shakespeare to enhance our morning chat. I laughed when she told me I need to "bear the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." I didn't know she was into Shakespeare.
After our inspiring time together, I came home to several "issues" I had to deal with. There were the arrows- and they weren't even arrows of outrageous fortune. They were arrows of reality and closed doors. Things seemed to only mount as the day went on. I went to sleep last night feeling a bit overwhelmed.
After getting the kids and Bill off this morning, I sat down on the couch with Harry snoring near me, oblivious to my conflicted state. I wrote in my journal. I let it all out- as I am accustomed to doing. When I opened my Bible, I wasn't even looking for answers. I just wanted to get grounded, again, on the truth that God reigns, He rules, and I have given my life over to Him. I wound up reading a passage from Isaiah 64-
"For since the beginning of the world
Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,
Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
Who acts for the one who waits for Him.
God acts for me while I wait for Him. It sounds like a more-than-fair arrangement. But waiting is often an excruciatingly hard thing to do. Is there anything we can do other than sit with our hands folded in our lap, our eye on the clock, our mind thinking "What could God possibly be up to that He won't let me get involved in the matter?"
While you're waiting for God to move on your behalf there is something you can do.
When there are no words left- you're done telling God how disappointed you are or how alarming your future looks to you- there's a statement you can make. It's a powerful action of belief and expectancy. It's a statement of faith, complete and emphatic.
Just raise your hands to Him. When all is said and done, God knows what He has in mind for you and me.
I don't normally run out of words, but when I do, I keep talking to God. And this is how I keep communicating with Him: I will lift my hands up to Him, even if tears fall down. I will lift up my statement of faith.
He hears me when He sees my lifted hands.