So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10, NIV)
I often wonder when certain things that I have prayed about are going to change in my life. I know that God can make the changes immediately but it appears to me that nothing is happening. I try not to ask God those questions because when the thought comes to mind I am reminded of Joyce Meyer and her comments concerning this very issue. I attended several of Joyce Meyer’s women conferences and during her teaching she would always say, “Stop the whining to God about ‘why God, why?’ and ‘when God, when?’”. She would say those words in such a whining voice that I would get embarrassed to even think to ask God the questions. However, it does not stop the thoughts from coming into my mind.
Today, I was driving home on the freeway and I noticed the vehicle in front of me was a large red truck. In the back of the truck was a cage. In the cage was this really cute dog. The dog looked a little sad that he was all caged up. He kept looking around trying to find a way out but had no success. He finally gave up and just laid down. I thought what a responsible owner. He is making sure his dog does not jump out of the truck onto the dangerous highway. He truly loves and cares for his pet.
Immediately, after my thoughts had passed, the Holy Spirit said to me, “That is how I am with my children. They feel like I am not doing anything and they wonder when I am going to let them out. But I am keeping them safe for their protection.” I have no idea how long the truck had been on the road or for how far it was going. I drove for about 20 minutes behind the truck and got off the freeway but the truck kept going. The Holy Spirit spoke again and said, “Although it looks to the dog like he is just sitting and going nowhere his owner is taking him to another location where he will be free to roam.” God is doing the same thing with us. We have to get our eyes off of our situation and trust that God is carrying us where we need to be.
Although the dog could not see where he was going, I could see he was moving. We may never see or understand what God is doing in our situation but we know He is always moving and He is always working things out for out good. The cage did not look good to the dog. Our situation may not look good to us but like the dog we have to trust our owner. It is always for our good!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)