When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
Frustrations and failures and feeble attempts
flailing and fighting not to give up
failing and falling and fixing again
for goodness sakes Lord, it never ends!
I’ve tried my hardest, I do my best,
I struggle and stumble and sidestep
there’s too much to do, many places to go
somehow Lord, I’ve got to hold on.
But Lord, You are able to make all things succeed
so I must put all this in Your hands, at Your feet.
Whatever the outcome, it’s Yours, not mine
Now I press into You to make all things sublime.
©18 December 2019
I stood in the middle of the Wal-mart aisle frustrated to no end. A few minutes before, the aisle was teeming with people. I had gone onto the next aisle to find some other items I needed, thinking when I came around the other side it would be easier to get the rice.
But now, there was no one in the aisle. Not. One. Single. Person.
I reached up to get a box of rice; however, there were not many left and most of them were pushed to the back of the shelf. I could just barely touch the box nearest the edge. But my short legs and arms just couldn’t get that box. In fact, it moved further out of my reach.
I stood there dumbfounded. How was I going to get that box?
Of course, in true short person fashion, I tried standing on the bottom shelf. The box moved even further away. And, no one was coming down this aisle.
It wasn’t until I was in my car, on my way home, that I thought this could be a God-moment for me. And so, like my dear friend frequently does, I asked the Lord what the lesson was.
There are some dreams or answers to prayer we can see, smell, and taste, but it seems just out of our reach. We know it is right there. If only, we could jussst grip it, we could pull it off the shelf and use it.
Are you in that spot too? I don’t care how tall you are, there’s always something just out of your reach.
I’ve been asking God for a miracle to a situation in my life. I can see a small light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s not coming fast enough for me. I don’t even know if God intends for the miracle to be on my timeline or not. All I can do is reach for Jesus and believe He is going to heal this situation.
But you know, sometimes God wants us to put our faith into action too. Yes, we must believe, but we also need to walk out that belief. Perhaps it’s taking a step of faith. Perhaps it is asking someone else for help. Or perhaps, it is asking God for a solution and then obeying His voice.
Whatever it is, God is faithful. He has not left you. He’s waiting for you to take the next step.
Even if it seems just out of reach.
As for me and that box of rice? I walked 6 aisles away, found a broom, walked back and used it to knock the box over onto the edge of the shelf. I do believe God gave me that idea.
Maybe from now on, I’ll just go get a broom first. *wink*
From My Heart to Yours,