I sat in the early morning darkness, waiting for the sun to rise. It was already evident the fog was thick and drizzly. The sunrise would not be brilliant and rich with color, but more like a black and white photo; yet the light of the morn still burst through the woods.
It reminded me of the time our granddaughter had been drooling more than one would expect for a three month old.Â We didn’t even think to check her gums. until her tongue began moving to seek out what she was feeling, Only then did I gently ran my finger over her lower gums.
Much to our surprise, there wasn’t one tooth, but two which had already poked through the gums. It was such an unexpected joy as teeth had not been on our radar.Â How we clapped and clapped with joy at our discovery!
There had been four hundred years of silence from God. The prophets heard not a word from Him. How does one even continue going on in life when God does not speak a word? When He is completely silent?
One day Jesus was being harassed by the Jewish leaders for breaking the Sabbath rules. Apparently, healing a man who had been sick for thirty eight years was considered “work” on the Sabbath.
“But Jesus responded, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”Â (John 5:17, NLT)
Sometimes we go through difficulties and we do not see God at work in the middle of them. May the words of Jesus bring encouragement. God is always at work, even in ways that may be hidden from plain sight. Other times, we see His activity but it’s different than we had expected.
And Jesus reminds us, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”Â
Much like those two little teeth erupting, life breaks forth in our circumstances as well …
“You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”
(Isaiah 55:12-13, NLT)
Hang in there and trust God. He is at work, always at work.
He will bring redemption and restoration to our lives
much like a desert being transformed into a forest.