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Today’s Truth

The Lord will work out His plans for my life—for Your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for You made me.

Psalm 138:8

Friend to Friend

If you would have told me twenty years ago that I would one day find myself in a weekly dance class again, I wouldn’t have believed you. Back then, I was still grieving and fussing over the way my knee injuries disrupted my dreams and stole my passions.

My mom enrolled me in my first dance class when I was three and by the time I was 10, I was fitted for my first pointe shoes. Although tap and jazz were more my thing, those pointe shoes represented so much potential until a series of knee dislocations and a failed surgery ended my dream of becoming a Rockette. I buried my sorrow as I went on living my “Plan B” life, until that night when I had another freak dislocation while gallivanting around Paris during a rendezvous weekend while studying abroad in London. I lay on that cold, foreign, isolated x-ray table, screaming at God for the first time, ultimately believing He was the cosmic killjoy of the universe. The “It’s not fair!” tape played over and over again in my head as I had to make the trip back from Paris to London and hobble around on crutches, missing classes and having to forgo a hiking trip to Wales.

Have you ever felt like God has been more about the business of re-routing your life rather than ordering it? Do you feel like there is a roadblock at every turn? That just when things are getting good, something else happens . . . and it looks like God is no where in sight?

When I thought God was NOwhere, He was actually NOWhere.

God was there with me throughout all those freak accidents. He was there with me in London and Paris. He was wooing me towards Him, but it took another trial to make me look upward . . . from that x-ray table.

In that forced slow-down, I had a showdown with God.

He showed up in my life when I was at my lowest, utterly broken, disillusioned, and desperate. That is when I came to meet Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

I didn’t end up at the foot of the cross all put together and with all the right answers. I showed up in need of a Redeemer and Rescuer . . . the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Through the pain my eyes were opened. The blinders fell away. And in Christ, I found life anew.

What a gift to discover that God takes us at our worst and transforms us into His best.

No, my dreams of dancing with the Rockettes never came to be. But twenty plus years later, I somehow have enough strength to shake it up in a dance class squeezed into a schedule packed with all the things God has ordained for me — like telling others about the transforming power of Jesus and the hope we find in Him not only on this earth . . . where suffering is real and loss happens everyday . . . but an unshakable hope and the promise of eternity is for those who declare that Jesus is their Lord.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, thank You that when we think You are nowhere, You are now here with us. We may not be able to see Your face. We may not recognize Your voice. But You are present. Thank You that when we look back on our stories, we’ll be able to see Your provisions and plans in a fresh new way. Help us to trust You with Your purposes for today.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What plans have you made that God has re-routed? Can you see His provisions looking back? If not, would you be willing to talk with Him about His purposes and yield to His future plans?

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10 Responses to “When It Feels Like God is NoWhere”

  1. Kathy M says:

    I am in a season of waiting. It is difficult and frustrating at times. Yet I have time to “draw” near to God. I spend more time in prayer and more time reading my Bible. I have been exploring Bible Journaling – which I love ❤️💕I am trying to use this season of waiting to prepare for my next season and I am learning to trust God with everything. Thank you sharing your story!

  2. Lynda C. says:

    I am also in a season of waiting. There are so many things I want to do, but God has other plans for me. I have been very frustrated. I broke last night and cried until my eyes hurts. But I know HE is good and when it’s my time, HE will provide.

    The amount of stress I’m under right now, I know that something great is around the corner. God has something amazing for me. Now, I wait.

  3. Elisa says:

    Kathy, thanks so much for sharing what you’re doing in the waiting. It’s awesome that Bible journaling is part of your process of trusting God for the next season!

  4. Rebecca Jones says:

    I don’t know if it as much of rerouting as redeeming. He holds eternity and makes things beautiful in his time.we’ll do a lot dancing in heaven.

  5. julia says:

    i too am in a season of waiting. just need to be patient and see where God leads my hubby and i. (we are foster parents and just waiting on the right child that God will bless us with.( in His timing) just waiting can be hard but just to ” be still “

  6. Elisa says:

    Lynda, I am so sorry for the stress you are under but also praising God that you chose to turn to Him. May He be your strength and hope today!

  7. Elisa says:

    Julia, thank you for sharing the “waiting” journey you are on. God, please do provide just the right child in your perfect timing!

  8. Elisa says:

    Rebecca — love that you see it as redeeming! Amen!

  9. Jennifer says:

    I love this reminder that God is now here! I think we all need to remember this when we feel He is nowhere near us. God never moves away from us. He chases us, loves us and reminds us to move back close to Him when we run away or stray. Thanks for sharing this beautiful reminder with us. God bless you!

  10. Elisa says:

    Jennifer, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. It’s a profound thought to realize that God really is “now here” with us!

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