Praising for Pieces
There are days that God reveals a lot about His workings. You probably know what I'm talking about -- the days when He brings many things together all at once and you sit back and marvel at how good He is. When multiple areas of your life suddenly have clarity, and you see how those seemingly-unconnected areas actually do meet at some point.
You wonder when He'll let you in on what He's doing; when He'll show you the reasons behind things He asks of you and situations He leads you to. When you'll see the bigger picture.
And then you have a day when suddenly so many things make sense, and you bask in His glory. You're overwhelmed by His goodness and thoughtfulness.
More often than not we want to see the whole picture. We want to know the whys and the why-nots and the reasons we're involved in what we're involved in with the people who keep showing up. We search for answers in prayer and the Word and through mentors -- but it's always His timing that reveals.
And I have to wonder, what would happen if we actually knew all that He knows? What would take place in our minds and hearts if we knew all the whys and the why-nots? Maybe you have a different story, but God never reveals everything to me. He gives me pieces; pieces of varying sizes depending on the season, but pieces nonetheless. What if He gave me more?
I don't think I could handle it. As it is, the pieces He does give overwhelm me. They cause me to physically stop moving and allow my mind to think in gratefulness. There aren't words to express, no arrangement of letters that seems adequate to thank Him or appreciate what He's done. He goes above and beyond. My heart swells to exploding and I wonder, Could I really handle any more?
I may want more -- and surely, if He gives bigger and bigger pieces I will readily accept them. But He gives the right balance every time; enough to overwhelm while keeping my mind in a functioning state. Too much and I may pass over it all in fear of missing it all.
He gives pieces to bless us, to grace us, to grow us, to strengthen us. Pieces He desires we'll hold onto and remember. When those pieces come, He wants us to take the time to bask in them and thank Him even if we can't find the words.
"Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for He is our God
and we are the people of His pasture,
the flock under His care."
Written by Amy Parsons