Saturday, July 19, 2008

I Know You're There

In anticipation of what is to come, I sometimes get anxious and begin focusing on what lies ahead instead of what is here and now. I forget the words of my Father which say, "Be anxious for nothing but by prayer and supplication make your requests known unto God." I often hear myself saying, "Lord, give me this, if it's in Your will." I never once think to ask for anything. I just expect it of Him, like He owes me a favor.

That's the most pitiful part of how I've been thinking lately. He owes me something... I've felt as though He's taken enough from me, and if I started a list, it would go on for days. I haven't been able to grasp fully what it means when Job said, "The Lord giveth and taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord." I think because I've become so familiar with the giveth and taketh part that I am sick to go on any further in the verse.

If you do a job, you expect to receive pay for it. If you offer a gift, you want a "thank you" for it. If you give your time, you hope to receive recognition for doing so. I think that very same mind frame has gotten me into a lot of trouble in my relationship with Christ. I find myself thinking, "Lord, you asked me to quit my job, give me something else to do. Lord, you took my baby, give me another one now. Lord, our grandparents and father have passed, don't You owe me anything for that?!"

God doesn't owe me anything. Truthfully, He's already given me the gift of eternal life, what more do I need?! Well, I (think I) need more friends, another child, more time and opportunity, etc. Why should I receive anything else? What have I done for Him? God is not a "give and take" service; He is a Sovereign God who loves me unconditionally. He doesn't expect me to understand His reasoning, and He knows I am going to be doubtful after each thing is out of my hands. I believe that He does, however, expect and hopes for my faithfulness.

And I'm, for one, lacking in that area, in a BIG way. Let me explain myself a little, simply because I know it is shameful. I've waited five months for a child, I've waited 2 months for God to show me what it is I'm supposed to be doing, and I've gone 382 days without my Nana. I am angry that I have to go without. It feels as if He's taken the best from me, and I feel disappointed when there aren't two pink lines or when I don't have another job or because I miss my family. Do you hear me? I have gotten back to the point like I had in high school with the "It's All About Me" attitude. My faith is gone because I'm focused on what I don't have rather that trusting in what I've already been given.

God knows the plans He has for me (Jeremiah 29:11), but no where in scripture does He promise to give, give, and give some more. He doesn't intend for me to know what lies ahead, nor does He offer me the things I want so desperately because He knows that they will also become a means of doubting Him. God has perfect intentions in all He does, in all He gives, AND in all He takes away. It's a hard line to swallow, but I have to realize it's not about me. It's about His plan, His timing, and His sovereign will, and I just have to know that He's there. And He is...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jenna,

Brian and I have been trying for quite some time to get pregnant. I too am starting to feel the "give me" attitude. I want you to know that simply reading your blog has helped put some things in perspective for me and even though it's still hard for me to WANT as much as I do, I know that in God's time he will do what He has promised to do. I know that we barely get to talk except for once or twice a year but I feel as if we are walking the same paths being newly married and yearning for a child. I want to commit to praying for you and ask that you do the same for me. I love you and wish you all the best.

Your cousin,

Alisha

Jessica said...

I just wanted to share with you a quote I read from another blog. The blogger and her husband were trying to adopt from Vietnam, and then adoption from Vietnam to the U.S. was shut down. I thought what someone sent to her was so powerful and encouraging:
"I've never seen God's work in someone's life end in dismay. maybe it won't turn out the way you predicted. Your heart may break 1,000 times over as you watch His story unfold, but no on who has ever trusted the Lord has been disappointed."
I don't know if I have shared this with you before. Regardless, I hope it helps. You are strong and you have the love of Christ in you and all around you. I know that you will see better days.