I was shocked at what I saw on the way to church this morning! I couldn’t believe my eyes. It had been six or more months and the beautiful white house with the wrap-around porch looked the same as it did the day after the fire. I had admired the house with the southern charm ever since we moved into the area six years ago. I could imagine sitting on that porch in a rocker sipping an ice-cold glass of tea in the afternoon. Late one night I remembered hearing on the news that a fire had occurred near us and that one of the newscasters had seen flames shooting from a house as she rounded the bend. Fortunately, she stopped, banged on the door and saved the lives of everybody in the house. When I looked closer, I recognized the precious porch house. A couple of days later, every window was boarded and a trash dumpster eventually placed nearby. A “No trespassing” sign was the icing on the cake.
I’ve been waiting to see some visible sign of progress every time Willie and I round the curve. This morning I was disappointed again. “When are we going to see change? I wonder why it’s taking so long.” As soon as the words left my mouth, I realized God was showing me something. I looked over at Willie and said, “There’s a lesson here. We are so busy looking for outward signs of change that we fail to realize God is busy doing something inside of us. God works from the inside out, not from the outside in. While we look for our situations to change, He’s more concerned with our character. He desires that we change. The situations we experience are simply change agents. God knows what we will be like once we go through the process. He covers us with a blanket of love and gives us the strength and resources to come out shining on the other side.
So if you’re discouraged because you feel stuck or disappointed that your situation has not changed, know that if He brought you through before, He’ll do it again. Go ahead. Look in the mirror. You may not feel victorious, but He calls you “Victory!” Give Him praise for where you’ve been, where you are today and where you will be tomorrow. “The best is yet to come!”
Be encouraged and know this truth from God’s Word: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Cor. 4:17 NKJV).