God’s Mysterious Ways Are Always for Our Good

I must admit that I didn’t know this song. It must be from the other side of the denominational tracks from where I grew up. But I love the words. Of course, I’ve heard the phrase, “God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform,” but I didn’t know where it came from.

There are several phrases that touch my heart in this moment.

Oh fearful saints new courage take
The clouds that you now dread
Are big with mercy and will break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
But trust Him for His grace
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

(My Note: I don’t see God frowning at all. I think we perceive Him that way, but that’s not how He is at all. He’s smiling, and He’s not hiding it!)

When tears are great
And comforts few
We hope in mercies ever new
We trust in You.

God’s purposes will ripen fast
Unfolding every hour
The bud may have a bitter taste
But sweet will be the flower.

(My Note: Isn’t that a beautiful way to put it. No matter how bleak things may look right now, we know they will change! We have hope in God!)

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain
God is His own interpreter
And He will make it plain.

(My Note: I’ve been reading Eric Hovind’s Creation Science blog, and he gets lots of comments from atheistic science students that are so sad to read. This verse describes so well the reason for their unbelief. They are the blind being led by the blind, and they are interpreting the natural world by all the wrong presuppositions. It is very sad, yet nearly impossible to show them the error of their ways. They study Creation minutely, but they can’t see the Creator.)

What it comes down to is this:
God is sovereign. Everything He does, He does out of love for us. We may have to wait for all of His purposes to unfold. We may have to go through some purging and cleansing trials. But in the end, we know He has a reason for everything he does and allows.

How could we not trust Him?

Lessons from the Butterfly

If you followed my caterpillar-to-butterfly saga back in August and September, you might find this interesting. I was looking for the meaning of all that happened. I knew that God was speaking to me. But I wasn’t sure what He was saying to me exactly. These posts told more of the story here and here.

I think this paragraph gives some more insight into what he was saying to me through the process of my finding a surprise caterpillar and watching it transform.

WORD TO PONDER: CHANGING YOU
Just like the birthing of a butterfly, I AM changing you. I AM bringing you into alignment with My mind, the mind of Christ. Your mind, will and attitude will be transformed into the beauty of one who is meek, gentle and humble. I shall thoroughly prepare you to be among the living blossoms of glory and spread nectar to the world around you. You shall emerge with the full wings of faith and be a source of vivid, yet delicate beauty, displaying My glory and love.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Rom 12:1-2 NKJV)

I pray that He will change me into His image and prepare me to spread nectar to the world around me and fly with the full wings of faith, displaying His glory and love.

I found the above paragraph in an ebook I bought from The Elijah List today for only $4.99. It’s called Beautiful Butterfly – God’s Mystery by Sandy Warner. As soon as I saw the title, I knew God had a message in it for me. I didn’t get far before I found that amazing paragraph that I just quoted.

I have felt spiritually dry but restless and seeking and wanting more. I believe that God keeps giving me encouragements like these to let me know that I AM changing and things are happening whether I see them or not.

Praise Him for His abundant mercy and steadfast love.

Let me know how God is speaking to you even in the dry times when you feel like you’re not really connecting with Him.