UNANSWERED QUESTIONS By Lori A Alicea

I’m listening Lord.

You said for your children to ask so I’ve been asking.

I know you haven’t forgotten me.

I’m confident you’re working on my behalf.

I’ve been walking this familiar stretch of road for miles heading in the same direction from the last time you spoke.

I’ve lost track of time along this silent path of my unanswered questions, bending my ear for course correction or direction with one word from you.

I’m waiting.
I’m watching while walking.

As rustling leaves from the breeze of my heart it echoes,
“I’m listening Lord.”
england journey walking on pathMany of us have lost the ability to wait, myself included on occasion.

We find ourselves stuck in the quagmire of trust what we don’t understand or see, caught up in the entanglements of our feelings instead of the safety net of God’s faithfulness.

God would have us leave the path of our unanswered questions and wade into the cool waters beside for refreshment and unearth the treasures of Him we have yet to discover.

God is enough for our lives.
He longs for us to…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on our own understanding;
In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

The answers to our unanswered questions are deeply rooted in Knowing God.
england journey tree rootsHe is faithful.
He keeps his Word.
He honors his promises.

When roots go deep in God, we can trust Him beyond our understanding, anchoring a wavering faith against the gusts of unanswered questions.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes, its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV

But one does grow weary on the path of unanswered questions at times.

Prolonged delays can tempt us to follow the dead-end road signs of our impatience, re-calculating the GPS coordinates of God’s best for us.
england journey walking on path 1Always remember that God hasn’t forgotten us with His silence.

Prior to the birth of Jesus, God didn’t speak for four-hundred years.

His back wasn’t turned to them.
Quite the contrary.

In this dark night of eerie silence spanning four centuries, God was preparing the perfect time and place for the arrival of His beloved son.

In his silence, God was in great preparation.
I suppose though a Save the Date would have been appropriate for this grand entrance.

For our encouragement,
Brian Simmons wrote about God’s delays in his devotional…

I Hear His Whisper; Encounter God’s Heart for You
Brian Simmons

What you call delay, I call preparation. Many times I am at work behind the scenes, yet you cannot discern it. I am preparing others so that your destiny may be fulfilled, and I am preparing you even as I prepared Joseph for his season of promotion. Never judge My works by what your eyes see but by the promises I have made to you.

 Hold tightly to those promises.

Instead of lamenting our unanswered questions, may we rest in His promise that the wait will be worth it.
May the overflow of our heart sustain us while we rejoice in the goodness of God.

Goodness of God
Written by Ed Cash, Ben Fielding, Jason Ingram,
Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Bethel Music

All my life You have been faithful,
All my life you have been so so good.
With every breath that I am able
I will sing of the goodness of God.

 

TRUST THROUGH THEIR EYES By Lori A Alicea

Ever wish you could be a child again and see the world through their eyes?

Ever wonder if you put on a pair of childlike glasses if their “land of make believe” really does come to life?

While we all know their “land of make believe” is just that, “make believe”.

But if I were a critic writing reviews of our grandchildren’s acting performances while playing, I’d give them all “five out of five” stars for their convincing character portrayals.

Children so easily trust.

You give them a pair of superhero glasses and they make-believe they can take out the bad guy.

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Give a child a full superhero costume, a shield and their super power glasses, they make-believe they can dodge bullets and jump out the window to save the world.

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Putting on their special childlike glasses,

Kids make-believe they are our furry friend.
Cute in my glasses

Kids make-believe they are a movie star.
daddies glasses

With the right make-believe glasses, kids can fix your problems.

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A child’s far away world is clearer and within reach of their fingertips wearing make-believe 3D glasses.
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Sporting make-believe shades, details are crystal clear to a child and they take attitude, snap their neck and fingers above their heads when we adults can’t “see it” through their lenses.
see through it glasses

Seriously!

Even if a child’s world appears “upside down”, all seems to make perfect sense to them wearing their make-believe glasses.

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Children so easily trust.

But in wearing their glasses, trust through their eyes says “seeing is believing.”

Yet God reminds us all, big kids especially, to take off your childlike glasses and see through His eyes, because “believing first is seeing.”

Why is it harder to have faith and trust through God’s eyes than our own?

 Why can’t we remember God’s past faithfulness to trust for his future faithfulness?

Why do we need to wear a special pair of glasses to see what God could do for us, when if we believe first, we will see His Promises in all that he will do.

Why did Thomas doubt seeing the Risen Lord until Thomas
…..put his finger where the nails were, and put his hand into the Lord’s side.
John 20:24-29 NIV

 Why did Martha doubt that Jesus would raise her brother from the dead when Jesus had told her earlier,
“Your brother will rise again.”
John 11:23 NIV

 In both situations, Jesus wanted Thomas and Martha to believe first to see when he had said,

29  ……blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20:29 NIV

Why do we ask for or need a sign from God to believe, even though his loving heart does send a sign in our unbelief at times.

Children so easily trust.
Why can’t we?

God would have us all be like little children with childlike faith, remembering though it’s not wearing a special pair of glasses that
We see to believe.

No, it’s ours hearts that believe first through God’s eyes to see His promises.

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV

Oh, to have a childlike faith.
Oh, to be as a child and see Through His Eyes.

aubrey in glasses