I am a full-fledged member of the instant generation. I want what I want, and I want it right now! I want to watch television shows on demand. What do you mean I have to wait until next summer for new episodes? I want them now. When I send you a text I expect you to get back to me immediately. No one has time time to wait around for ten or fifteen minutes. I need you to respond Now! When I select the two day shipping on Amazon, I expect it to be one my door step in two days. I don’t want excuses about shipping plant fires, UPS worker strikes, or snakes on the plane. I want immediate results. If you have the guts to post a u-tube video, it better play right away without buffering. Other way I’m out. I’ve got other, really important videos to watch, like people putting Mentos into a bottle of Coke.
I’ve been trained, for good or for bad to expect immediate results.
The only problem is that God doesn’t usually do immediate. He doesn’t usually do fast. He doesn’t do overnight shipping. He works around His own timeline, not mine. And the wonderful reality is that God is usually doing a thousand things when it looks like He’s doing absolutely nothing.
When Joseph sat in prison, it appeared that God wasn’t doing anything. Joseph probably felt forgotten, abandoned, discarded. He probably felt useless. Meanwhile, God was doing a thousand things as Joseph sat idly in prison. God was preparing Joseph’s brother for reconciliation, Pharaoh to receive Joseph as from God, and the entire nation of Egypt to depend on Joseph as a wise steward of food
While David was a fugitive, on the run from Saul, it appeared that God wasn’t doing anything. David probably felt like his best years were being wasted. That his talent was going to waste. Meanwhile, God was doing a thousand things while David hid in caves and pretended to be insane. God was working on David himself, preparing David to be a man after His own heart. He was teaching David to trust in Him and to wait on Him. And he was preparing Israel to receive their divinely appointed king.
Just because we can’t see God working doesn’t mean He isn’t working. It may seem like our prayers for our children are pointless, because we can’t see anything happening. But our prayers aren’t useless. God is working, and someday we will see the fruit of those prayers. It may seem like our prayers for spiritual growth are futile, because we can’t see much spiritual growth. But our prayers aren’t futile. God is working, and someday we’ll see the fruit of our prayers. It may seem like our prayers for reconciliation with family and friends are wasted, because we can’t see anything happening. But our prayers aren’t wasted. God is working, and one day we’ll see the delightful fruit of our prayers.
Just because we can’t see Him working doesn’t mean God isn’t working. God is doing a thousand things when it seems like He’s doing nothing.
We look at life from the back side of the tapestry. And most of the time, what we see is loose threads, tangled knots and the like. But occasionally, God’s light shine through the tapestry, and we get a glimpse of the larger design with God weaving together the darks and lights of existence. I personally can not wait until we are able to see the tapestry from the front. What a amazing sight it will be when it’s finished.