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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 94 – What a 6 year old taught me about God’s sovereignty

IMG_5289She crawled into my lap and I gave her my journal and a highlighter. 

She was so happy.

Six-year-old Fridah lives in Mongu, Zambia and loves to count, eat sweets and draw.

Isn't she adorable?!

Isn’t she adorable?!

She began drawing her masterpieces right away and, let me tell you, they were elaborate. 

But I had no idea what they were.

I sat there watching her deliberately adding a line here and a line there, some splotches of color there and some polka dots here. While she carefully continued constructing her art, I wracked my brain trying to make sense of what she was drawing.

She obviously had a specific design in mind but I could not for the life of me figure it out.

“What are you drawing?” I whispered.

“Just wait and you’ll see,” she whispered back.

Sure enough, as she finished up I saw the animals and a little house (or was it a barn?) and the clouds.

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Part of her uncompleted work. I couldn’t make sense of any of her art… until it was finished.

It was at that moment I realized this is how I treat the Lord.

His activity is there and He’s crafting every moment, situation and circumstance to His exact specifications in a way that will exalt Himself and bring His children the greatest joy, and all I do is crane my neck and wrack my brain to make sense of what He’s doing.

“What are You doing?” I whisper (or sometimes yell) to God.

“Just wait and you’ll see,” He says.

If we can believe that 6-year-old Fridah has a plan for her art, why do we doubt that the omnipotent, holy God of the universe has a plan for His workmanship?

Oh, that’s right, we believe He has a plan (insert coffee mug printed with Jeremiah 29:11 on the side), we just don’t trust Him to carry it out in a way that will make us happy.

We doubt His love for us. We doubt that He really has our best interest at heart. We doubt that He is truly sovereign over this situation.

We love our control.

Fridah taught me once again that if I just wait on the Master Designer, His plans and intentions will eventually come into focus… or maybe they won’t. Maybe I won’t ever understand. And that’s OK.

He doesn’t owe me an explanation of what He’s doing and I don’t have to rush Him.

As one of my best friends reminded me this week, He is God and not only is He right, He is good.

“Faith will always struggle if there is no confidence in God’s will for your life.” –Michael Durham

2 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 94 – What a 6 year old taught me about God’s sovereignty

  1. iasb31 says:

    The insight The Lord gives you in the everyday happenings amaze me! Thanks so much for sharing. May God continue to bless you and the work you do for him.

    1. Ahh you will never know how encouraging you are to my heart! Thank you for your sweet words and constant reading. I’m so grateful! Praying for you!

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