A couple of Sundays ago, I was on my usual post office run, dropping off orders, photobooks and what have you. I have a habit of leaving discount cards (for www.margemaghoneyphotography.com) at random and I was leaving one on one of the tables with all the USPS forms when I noticed a brand new (it was still in it's plastic) white Bible. It was one of those pocket ones you can carry around. By the way it was propped by the wall, on top of the forms, it was obvious whoever left it there meant for it to be found.
I took it as a sign and brought it home with me. I felt like it wasn't just coincidence (there's no such thing) and it was God's way of reminding me to get back to the Word. Things like this hardly happen to me so I started the same day. I thought it would be cool if my husband and I read it together, one chapter each day.
Fast forward to today.
Today's chapter talks about John the Baptist. The part where he's in prison and start to doubt Jesus. Soon after I read that, I read a chapter off of this book I'm currently reading by Rich Wilkerson, Sandcastle Kings (I read at least 1 chapter a day). Eerily, the chapter I'm on was about the exact same thing and went on about how John sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus if he really was the Messiah. That was quite a coincidence, I thought (again, there is no such thing).
But here's the clincher. Right after I finished reading that, I turned on the TV since Joel Osteen was about to start. We watch him every Sunday. Mid sermon, he started taking about, you guessed it, John the Baptist doubting Jesus.
Then I thought, ok, God's trying to tell me something here. It coudn't be more obvious. It was a very timely message too. Not that I'm doubting Jesus but more along the lines of re-energizing hope.
Even in difficult times, I, we, cannot give up hope that God's work is still strong in the world. You see, when John's two disciples asked Jesus the question, Jesus didn't answer right away and instead said:
"Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard. The blind receive light, the lame walk,
those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is
proclaimed to the poor."
He talks about the miracles he's done, not to boast, but to assure John and give him hope by the fact that He's fulfilling the prophecy, God's work is indeed alive in the world.
If we look beyond our circumstances, we will discover that God is there. Always has been. No matter how helpless we might feel, how hopeless the situation may seem, if we take a step back and look at the bigger picture, everything is well and good.
Hardships are sometimes necessary to get to where we want to be or perhaps not where we want to be but a place where we're better off even if we can't see it yet.
God has a master plan that our limited perspectives cannot always recognize but we must trust that He's got us. Have faith that He's in control. And truly know, without a doubt, that God is at work all the time and all we have to do is believe it.