It Isn’t Over Yet

by Delores Liesner

I probably should have just admitted defeat, but now I am glad I didn’t.

I made a promise to fill a need for someone based on anticipated help from others. Then one by one, the others faded into the woodwork. I confided to hubby that I was losing confidence that God was going to bring all the pieces together and work it out.  But really, God hadn’t refused to show up – just some people did.

So now there was a choice – give up and hope another time, another place, and yep, another person would be called, or step into the “Red Sea circumstance” and see what God would do.

It wasn’t over yet. It reminded me of Habakkuk, whose situation was far more dire than ours when he wrote: “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail, and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will take joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:17 ESV).

So we started rejoicing over what God was going to do with this project.

Yet it seemed the harder we tried, the more obstacles popped up, and the smaller our team became. God, we wondered, are you trying to tell us something?

God’s soldier Gideon was feeling pretty inferior in his situation too. God reduced his team until they were greatly outnumbered. Then God told Gideon to leave his provisions and only take what God provided.

Similarly, God allowed our team, our provisions, our resources, and our confidence in ourselves and our original plan to shrink until HE was our team. Then He multiplied our resources and provision, once again increasing our confidence…IN HIM.

Is God teaching you a similar lesson? Has your team or your provision or your confidence been reduced? Yet, when you consider what God has done for you in the past, have you found something for which you can rejoice?

Lord, may I recognize, like Habakkuk and Gideon did, that whatever my circumstances may be there is always something for which to rejoice and give thanks. Open my eyes, Lord, that I may see you in my circumstance.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Delores Liesner loves to reveal the dynamic hope and confidence found in the heritage of our personal God. She writes from Racine, WI., is a CLASS graduate, 21st Century Grandma and Life Tales columnist. She has published hundreds of stories and articles. Check out her Amazon Author page!

Delores’ book, Be the Miracle, will deepen your walk with God, help you to notice others’ needs, and give you practice hearing and answering His call.

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3 thoughts on “It Isn’t Over Yet

  1. Thank you. I needed this. Being an analytical person, I am curious how you actually accomplished your mission. Just exactly how did God multiply your resources and provisions. Could you accomplish the mission with the original folks you had? Did the Lord give extra stamina for the event?
    In my past experience, God sometimes narrows down the workers due to less ideas floating around about how to do the mission. It then becomes streamlined instead of chaotic. God’s way is always best. Thank you for your inspiration.

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  2. I am in a situation just like this with prepping my house for sale. Though I thought I would have many helpers, it has turned out I am a work party of one. I am finding the positive and learning not to be a control freak. I have called this period my “trust fall” season – trusting entirely in God and falling into His arms, knowing He’s got all of it.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this testimony of God’s providence, Delores. Circumstances where projects, programs, and ministries are ordained and established by Him are truly in HIS hands. The Lord knows how to best accomplish the work He has purposed.

    I just walked through something similar and dealt with the struggle of letting go. All along, God was realigning my calling and gifts. To God be the glory!

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