“I have been young and I have been old…”

Psalm 37:25 – “I have been young and I have been old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread.”

Sometimes things catch you off guard. The last few weeks have caught us off guard. At the beginning of this year, we never would have imagined that Dave would lose his job and that my part-time job would give me no hours whatsoever. We never suspected that we’d be pregnant with our second child and suddenly have no income and dwindling savings. But that’s what happened. I’m so grateful that God doesn’t let us see into the future!

I’m also grateful that He’s in control. He knows what He’s doing.

Gill’s commentary says, “…though afflicted of God, and persecuted by men, yet not forsaken; though poor and needy, and often in necessitous circumstances, yet God in his providence appeared for them in one way or another…”

God in His providence is going to appear for us in one way or another.

A few months ago, I wrote about how God is working to create something beautiful out of our circumstances, even though we don’t always see it (“When God Whispers a Challenge“). I compared it to a tapestry. The back is tangled and knotted, but the front is a beautiful work of art. Funny, because my pastor used that same analogy in a very timely sermon the other night.

Although the normal response when faced with a situation like ours to be afraid, I’m not. I’m a little excited, to be honest. I can’t wait to see what God does in this situation. I can’t wait to be able to tell people about all the ways in which He has come through for us. He’ll provide. Of that I have no doubt. I can’t wait to see Him shine.

Once, when I went into an art gallery, there was a large painting on display that arrested me like no other painting I’ve seen before. It drew me in and set my imagination soaring. It completely captivated me.

When people see my life, I want their imaginations to soar. I want them to be arrested by the grace of God. I want them to be drawn in, to see His glory, to be completely captivated by Him. It is only through circumstances like these that He can create a beautiful work of art out of our lives. And the end result will be breath-taking.


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