Beautifully You – Bethany

Today’s story comes from Bethany:

A few years ago I was in a season where the promises of God seemed very distant and impossible.  I was frustrated, hurt and doubtful that what He said could ever be reality.

Standing in my kitchen one normal Monday morning I was making breakfast for my kids.  I had eggs cooking on the stove while I was putting ingredients in the blender for a smoothie.   I stopped briefly to stir the eggs on the stove when I heard my oldest daughter whining behind me, “mom, I really want a smoothie, I really want my smoothie now!”  Trying not to get annoyed, I continued to stir the eggs so they would not burn.  I answered her calmly, “Claire, I know you really want a smoothie, but what I am doing with the eggs has to get done first.  I have started the smoothie and I will finish it.”

At that moment I realized that the Lord was speaking to me.

When I was making breakfast I knew what needed to be done.  If I wanted to keep the eggs from burning I would need to tend to them.  I also knew that I needed to start on the smoothie in order for it to be done on time with the eggs. My daughter however, had never prepared a meal in her life.  She didn’t understand the timing and planning that went in to making it.  She believed what I told her at the beginning, that I would make her a smoothie with her breakfast…until it took longer than she anticipated.

It is easy to get impatient with the timing of the Lord because we don’t understand His ways.

Isaiah 55:8 says, “’My thoughts are completely different from yours,’ says the Lord ‘And my ways are far beyond anything  you could imagine.  For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts’”.

It is not our job to figure things out or to make them work, we simply have to believe what He said.  A farmer cannot force his crops produce a yield, but he can tend to what has already been planted.  This is what happens when we believe God.  We are watering the seed, caring for the word that has been spoken.  What happens beneath the soil is out of our control.  When the sprout starts to shoot up, it is only because we have been faithful to believe. His word will not return to Him void.

A few years have passed since that morning, and I have seen the goodness of the Lord in more ways then I could ever imagine.  Things that I had perceived as set backs were actually necessary components to His masterful plan.  He was moving things around, getting things in order.  So what do we do when we are waiting and He is working?

We believe.

I️ ️ will not try to explain Him or His ways, but I will believe Him.  He does things everyday that are incomprehensible to the human mind.  He is not a man that He would lie, His thoughts are higher than my thoughts and His ways are higher than my ways.

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