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Day 10 by Chad Rigney
“Sometimes we forget that the same God who created the universe, the same God who wrote the laws of physics and who sent his Son to die on a cross, is the same God who still works and moves in this world” –Live Second, 12.
I grew up going to church. From the time I was an infant I’ve been told how much God loves me and that he has a plan for my life. I believed this, but after awhile it became like white noise. It was hard to see how God was working in my life. Having grown up an avid “rule follower”, I couldn’t see clearly how God was working in my life. I often thought as a teenager, “if only I were more rebellious, then I could see the difference he made in my life!” I became like Sarah in Genesis 21, forgetting that God made a promise to have a plan for my life. Sarah knew God had promised a son, but after years of waiting and the odds agains her, she began to doubt. I imagine just like in my case, the promise of God became a little like white noise.
And then it happened.
After years of waiting, after sinning and failing miserably at trying to carry out her own plan, Sarah is being woken up in the middle of the night with the sounds of a newborn baby’s cry. She is experiencing the joys of motherhood, something she once thought was just an unfulfilled promise. God had come through. He remained faithful and did what he said he was going to do. It’s easy for us to read the Bible today and marvel at God and the amazing things he did in the lives of the people of that day and forget that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Even when life seems like white noise and you are not sure what to do, God has a plan. The same God that was at work in Sarah’s life is at work in mine and in yours!
Thank you God that even though I fail, You are faithful. Though it may not be in my timing, You have a plan and purpose for my life that is greater than anything I could do on my own. Thank you that you had a plan for Sarah’s life and also that you have a plan for mine. Help me to hear you in the white noise.
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Next for the 60-Days-of-Second: Day 11- “The Test” by Chad Rigney