“His view is far bigger than ours.”

The Pour:

For a full description of what The Pour section is, check out Day 1’s post of this series.

We’re going to pour out all the random thoughts that just won’t stop – All the stuff floating around in your head at this moment, “pour it out,” at God’s feet. This could include everything from the grocery list to those deep needs and prayers in your heart.

Simply say:

Dear God,

This has been on my mind and heart, please take it: (and then list it all out)

Now, with a clear mind finish the prayer with:

And now help me to hear Your message for my heart today.

Amen

The Beans:

The Background:

King Solomon was blessed with extreme wisdom during his reign as King over God’s people. In fact he’s credited as being one of the most brilliant human-beings in history. During his time it is said that he sat and wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, as he searched for the meaning in life. Today’s verse comes from this book.

The Verse:

Ecclesiastes 3:11

“11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

The Fill:

What’s the point for YOU?:

  • What word or phrase from this verse popped out to you?

Read the verse a second time and answer:

  • What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?

Waiting on God’s timing is a frustrating, and the statement itself has become a cultural cliche, in fact. Which is why I absolutely love today’s Bible Verse.

King Solomon points out that we can’t fathom what God has done from the beginning to the end. This is because we are human. We have a fascination with the idea of infinity, eternity, and the fact that space literally has no end. We desire to understand and know more … but … the mere thought of infinity leaves us dizzy and completely baffled. Our finite brains simply can not understand, because our view is limited to what’s right in front of us, here and now.

 

It’s an illustration I’ve used before, but, we have to remember that God sees not only our entire story stretched out over time, but He sees EVERYONE’S stories.

Our lives are all woven together into a beautiful tapestry, with turns and connections, ties and breaks.

You don’t realize the impact that other people’s lives have on yours, nor the impact that your life has on someone else’s. Life is full of endless connections with complete strangers we may never meet. And when we stop to think for just a second of the possibilities, it really blows your mind.

You need someone to cut you off in traffic, slowing you down, and saving you from a car crash a few lights up.

You need some stranger to get a job at a company when they do, so that one day your paths will cross and they’ll become your boss.

One person gets a job transfer, moving them to a new city, which opens the door for your best friend to move into your town.

You need your doctor to go through the exact residency with that exact patient that walked through his door, to teach him a skill that ultimately helped you, possibly even saved your life.

You hear happenstance stories all the time, of people being in the right place at the right time … but it’s so much bigger than that. HE is so much bigger than that. Random things do occur, freewill does exist, things don’t always go according to His ideal plan I would imagine, BUT, to think of the “tiny” ways in which He’s been guiding you and all of us our entire existence (the fact that we are even here for example) … I mean, I’m just in awe at how awesome God is!

So, the next time you find yourself in a season of “wait,” remember that God is already working, even if you can’t see it through your limited view right now. And in fact, He probably has been working on a solution for whatever it is you’re waiting for, long before you realized you were even waiting on something.

He’s at work friend, so you can rest in the wait.

To help us transition from quiet time, back into “real life,” taking both what we’ve learned, and the peace we just received, throughout the rest of our day …

We’re going to list out our small blessings from the past 24 hours, and an affirmation about yourself, life, or day.

Here we go:

My Blessings:

List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.

*Noticing the small blessings, really opens our eyes to just how blessed we are, AND to the fact that God is always with us.

List things such as: the dog actually came back in when I called, my coffee was especially delicious this morning, my husband gave me a hug out of nowhere, or my child had a good report at school.

My Affirmations:

List positive affirmations about yourself/life:

Here, I want you to list things such as, “I will be present or happy or joyful.”    “I AM worth it.”       “I am IN CONTROL of ___ situation.”

OR, if you’ve got BIG goals list those with determination. “I WILL run today, to train for that 5K.” “I WILL finish that project.” etc.

 

**List those out now, and then go on with your day affirmed, and determined.