Anyone who has seen a child, at one time or another, fallen asleep unawares, feels a warmth passing over them and they can be filled with awe and wonder of the precious gift of life that God has given them. Words are hard to find when this happens.
God sees us in similar manner. Every one of us is a unique creation, having been knit in the womb by God Himself for a very special purpose. He has a plan in mind for each of us, from the time we were conceived, to look like Him and to be formed into His very image! He takes delight in watching us grow becoming patient, longsuffering, gentle, kind, etc. – all the wonderful aspects of our Father.
Creating such a masterpiece is in God’s hands alone. Our minds cannot comprehend how we are formed spiritually, just as we do not understand fully how God knits us together in the womb. Psalms 139:15 His ways are far above our ways, and past finding out.
In suffering, we grow…
In want, we grow…
In perseverance we grow…
God assures us, that He is the master potter and we are the clay. Just as in the womb, we see through a glass darkly. One day we will see Him face to face in full light and understanding. I Cor 13:12
Do we trust Him? He says we can rest assured in that.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Yes, but how about when He doesn’t answer our requests right away? You might have said, “But I’ve gone to Him time and time again. How do I really know He is listening? Am I an evil person, because He isn’t listening? What I’m requesting isn’t an evil thing. It is a valid.” In some cases, this may go on for years. What can be said to that?
Can the clay say to the potter, ‘Why are you doing that to me?” Jer 18:6
God knows that we are beset by these questions and wonder if God loves us enough to answer us or even hear us. God doesn’t leave us without assurance. He is creating in us His very mind, heart, and being. We are to be just like Him. He cares for us.
He hears every prayer. He hears every sigh
He sees every tear that falls from our eyes
He saves them in a bottle and promises to change
Into the oil of joy our trials and our pains
Remember the woman who continually went to the king with her requests and he finally granted her wish because of her continual coming? God looks upon with so much more compassion than this human king. You are much more precious to Him. Luke 18:1-8
Remember the sleeping innocent children we first began to discuss? Would you deny something good that they needed if you, indeed, had the power to give it? God grants us what we truly need.
Peter said concerning the trials that beset us in life:
1Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
1Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
1Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
The fruits born from enduring are those qualities can only be knit in the womb of this life through our trials as He allows them. Some things take a short time, and others longer than we would like, but God is faithful. We can rest assured that He is only allowing them for our good and/or someone else’s good in our life. We should consider that our trial could be a part of a loved one’s growth and strengthening, helping them become like their Father. Someday, God may look us in the eye and say, “Thank you for helping me to build My likeness in your husband, children, friends, or family?” Wouldn’t that be an awesome thing – God thanking you for something so beautiful?
In conclusion, let’s remember, that when we go through difficult times and we think God is not hearing us, that His eye is indeed continually upon us. He is not off somewhere, not seeing our suffering, but is intimately involved. We are attached to His vine, as a child is in the womb, as He daily creates us to look more and more like Him. He IS answering our prayers in the way that creates in us His very mind and heart. We ARE growing because we are a part of Him!! What a wonderful Father we have! What a wonderful future He has in store for us!