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Something God Alone Can See

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There is a hymn that has long been a favorite of mine, even as a young girl sitting in the pew between my parents as I braided the ribbon bookmarks of the United Methodist hymnals residing in the seat back in front of me.  It’s the Hymn of Promise.
There’s such hope to this song; such a joy in knowing that God is working in our lives to provide us something better, if we only trust.
But it’s sometimes hard to trust, especially if life has let you down in the past.  Especially when it comes to relationships.

As a woman in my thirties who has never been married, I could easily become frustrated with God that He hasn’t brought a man into my life.  That the desires of my heart, to become a wife and a mother are far from being fulfilled.  And that He has left me to live on my own, to cook dinner, wash the dishes and take out the trash afterwards.  Sigh!

As a faithful follower of Christ, I could become disappointed that another Valentine’s Day will come and go without the romantic affection of another.  I could cry out to God and ask why He has left me here to be lonely and wanting for the attention of a man.  I could complain and mope around, or I could wail and scream.

Or I could trust that God has something up His sleeve that He’s not quite ready to reveal to me.  That with a slight flick of the wrist, my heart’s desires could be fulfilled, but He doesn’t feel that the timing is right…at least not just yet.

He loves me, with a love so deep, so unconditional, that there should be no doubt in my mind that His plans for my life are one that will benefit me to the fullest.  That my time here on earth is to fulfill a purpose, one that I’m not quite certain on, but also one that He has been in control of since before I took my first breath.

“Unrevealed until it’s season…something God alone can see.”

So what it comes down to is acceptance.  Accepting that God is at work behind the scenes.  That the something special someone special up His sleeve will be revealed only when He is ready for me to see it him.  And I must accept that waiting patiently, even when it is sometimes so difficult, is part of His plan.

So as I wait, I will sing the lines of one of my favorite hymns…

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
(Music & Words by Natalie Sleeth, ©1986 Hope Publishing Co.)

I will remember the joy and the hope that I felt long ago singing these words from my seat in the 3rd pew from the front of the church.  I will remember the love that God has shown to me through Christ.  And I will trust in His timing, knowing that it will be greater than anything I could have ever hoped to plan.


Post originally shared at Womanhood With Purpose.


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