Monday, December 14, 2009


I read some words this morning in my quiet time that brought tears to my eyes and a lump into my throat. They resonated with truth and made me feel so encouraged that I just had to share them. Both of these quotes are from Gary Thomas’s “Holy Available” (pp. 124-125).

“Have you ever realized that God purposely sets up our lives to reveal His glory? Speaking of one man’s healing, Jesus told His disciples, ‘This happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me’ (John 9:3-4).”

One thing I noticed about this story when I looked it up in my Bible was that this man was blind from birth. He was blind forever, for his whole life. He suffered a long time. Yet God healed him at just the right time that would bring glory to His name. It makes me think of things in my life that seem to be constant battles, going on and on. And I feel encouraged knowing that when God’s hand of deliverance comes for those issues, it will be at just the right time to bring His Name glory.

“God has a purpose for you, and He’s working to make this purpose come true. And because it’s His purpose and because He’s doing it, it’s never in doubt. It’s going to happen. God knows that it is so.”

Just before this statement, the author has shared that God put on his heart a passion to write a certain book. He wrote this book and received, consecutively, 150 rejections before it was picked up for publication. And through the whole experience, he continued to feel God pushing him to pursue it. So he did. I know that I often feel God has put a dream in my heart for something, but the longer it takes the more I begin to question it. Was that dream really from God? Maybe I made it up in my own head. Perhaps it’s time to give up. For me, these words were a good and timely reminder to “stay the course” and trust that God will do His thing in His time.

I hope that something in these words gives you encouragement as well.

1 comment:

  1. A big shout out and thank you for these words. Very, very timely. It just so happens I was doing a study referring to coming full circle in a certain Israelite season whereby God broke the cycle they were following of slavery, delviverance,success or failure and then unbelief as a result. Sound familiar? I too was given a vision or plan for my life and when it didn't seem to be happening at all (this January makes it at least 3 years since I started looking), I wandered around whining "what am I supposed to do? Was I wrong in what I thought you were telling me? I'm not qualified, I must have been talking to myself" and other such blather. It was my unbelief that was causing the disobedience. Translated disobedience means: acting on our unbelief. Hmmm. Yup, full circle.


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