At a certain point as you top Wade Avenue in Raleigh, NC you see a tall white church steeple stretching above the tree lines. Even though it’s 2.23 miles away from this spot (yes, I actually mapped it), it’s always accented in the summer because of the beautiful contrast of dark green, carolina blue and white. I confess, I travel this route between home and Target often ~ so this is certainly not the first time I’ve seen it, but on this beautiful clear day it really stood out to me because my son was at this particular church attending a music camp.
Anyway, it looked so teeny tiny from 2.23 miles away, like a needle sticking up among a vast and dense area of green tree tops. As I admired it (and watched the road, of course), I was reminded that even the midst of worry, trial, pain, uncertainty, judgement and all that other stuff that the enemy specializes in ~ God is there. Of course, on those cloudy, dark, stormy and foggy days it’s more difficult to see him (just like the steeple of this church), but He is there.
Sometimes, we just have to focus, keep looking and wait for a few clouds to clear so we can see Him clearly, but even while we wait to see Him at work – He is there! We can’t lose sight of that. What the enemy means for evil ~ God will use for His glory!
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. Genesis 50:20 ESV
BUT, and there is always one of those, right?! But, while we wait we can’t give up, we can’t believe the lie that He isn’t there just because we are waiting to see Him at work. When you start to doubt – Quick! Look up! When our eyes and hearts are on Him we, can see past the storm and have a more Heavenly perspective that can bring peace, growth, restoration and joy. It’s hard to imagine and difficult to remember to do this in the midst of pain and trials because we aren’t capable of bringing about the outcome we want on our own. Only God can turn trash and trials into treasure! Him alone!
Quick! Look UP!
*No the picture above isn’t from the church in Raleigh, but it was the best I could do. Even though I wanted to stop in the middle of the road and take the picture, I didn’t think it was the best idea.*