It Remains to be Seen

ImageThis is the title of an old Mississippi Mass Choir song from a while back – the lyrics encourage us to remember that what God will do for a person who submits to His will remains to be seen.  Lately, I have been laying out a lot of requests before the Lord – nothing flighty or selfish – but still, there have been many things placed before the Lord.  There have been times that I was tempted to just remain a faithful Christian, but somehow get out of this missionary calling – you know – so I can get some things done!  (hope you didn’t miss that big “I” in there!)  Instead of quick answers to my requests it seems that disappointment looms for a while longer than I desire.  I need Him to move my His Spirit on my behalf today!  Doesn’t He see that!  And in response to my whining – do you know what He asks me?  He asks me, “Jan, do you love me?” and of course I say yes.  And then do you know what He says to me?  He says, “Then love me well, do what I am asking you to do and trust that I know what you need.”

So, I turn to the Bible and ask him to calm my spirit and the words that leap off of the page say that indeed no one has seen or even heard of the good things He has in store for those that love Him.  Further, I turn and find that those who love Him will walk in His way.  And I know in my heart of hearts that His way for me for this season is a life on the mission field in Ghana.  He can and will meet my need and He doesn’t need me to relocate or abandon my calling to do it.  He really does have my best interests at heart and He really does delight in meeting the needs of His obedient (though sometimes impatient) children.

I trust Him to meet my need in ways that I cannot imagine or even dream!  He will do exceeding abundantly more than I could even reason to ask!  Yes He Will – for He is not a man that He should lie to me!  He is a faithful God!

So as I lay before the Lord many needs – no folly – real need – I am learning once again today to rest because as the lyrics to the song say:

The safest place in the whole, wide world is in the will of God, trials come great and small just stay in the will of God; come what may from day to day, keep the faith and be still.

It remains to be seen what God can do for the one who submits to His will.

3 thoughts on “It Remains to be Seen

  1. Jan, this does so speak to the heart! So true it is that, at times, while we are doing what we are to be doing for this present–for “who knows whether you are come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14). While we are “blooming where we are planted”, often we get “wilted” from the fierce heat of the day, and we do cry out to God, only to find that, as we keep our faith and trust in Him and stay connected through His Word, at the end of the day, the heat subsides and we are, again, revived! Yes, once, again and again, by His all sufficient grace! I declare and decree that our latter end will be more than our beginning (Job 42:12). You are in time with God! I am inspired by this message!

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  2. As I read your blog I see how God , during your time of service to Him has blessed your sons in ways they might not have experienced had you all not been on the mission field. I am not saying that they would not have achieved great things but the love and appreciation they have for the things of God are directly related to how you guys experienced God before them. In times of great need they saw you turn to God your Provider; in times of sorrow they witnessed you leaning on the God of all comfort; in times of uncertainty they marvelled as you looked to the God of your Salvation !!! They saw it all manifested in and through you guys and know that the safest place to be is indeed in the will of God. Your sacrifice has encouraged them to live a life that is pleasing to God and that in itself is a blessing. Love you guys and pray for you often

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  3. Your faith has increased my faith in many ways. Seeing how you have trusted God in every step of our calling, and our life in Ghana; has humbled me many times, and continues to humble me. I am a better disciple because of you. I could not do this without you. Thank you for trusting, thank you for beleiving, and most of all thank you for taking the journey with me.

    I continue to pray that God would give you the grace to trust Him more.

    Onyame bekyre

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