The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Things We Cannot See"
My wife Frances has been remodeling and redecorating our kitchen in recent months. She has done an amazing job in imagining, planning, designing, budgeting, purchasing, and doing the actual work. Me? I'm around if she needs help, which happens at times. Most of the project, however, has been hers.
If you were familiar with our kitchen of several months ago, and if you saw it now, you would know how involved the work has been. Many obvious details and changes would stand out. However, many would be known only to Frances and myself (and many more just to her). One happened in the last few days regarding a wall where once a door had been. You don't need to know the details, but Frances first built the wall, and then performed a near miracle in matching an old section to the new, structurally, but even more, in design. A little while ago, I looked at the wall in amazement and said, "Sweetie, you did such a good job with this that no one will ever even know this wall has not always been here. However, if you hadn't done so, everybody would have known!" (after beginning to write this, we also installed a window in that wall, where once a door had been. Again, I helped a bit, but the brains and the hard work? Well, you know… ).
A light flashed in the moment I uttered those words. Indeed, how many things does God do that even His devoted followers do not realize? However, if He did not do them, everybody would know.
"God… doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number" (Job 9:2; 10).
Job tells us we cannot fully know or count the doings of our Lord. The God present and vibrantly active in the entirety of His creation performs trillions upon trillions of "great things" and "wonders without number" in an eternally constant orchestration necessary for creation to survive and thrive. We see the merest quantum of such Divine activity and its glorious results. However, could one rogue particle of the universe somehow escape God's working, we would likely become alarmingly aware that something had gone horribly amiss. Or, if the Lord who works all things together for the good of His trusting children ceased His coordination, our lives would fly into chaos at the hands of the world, the devil, and the flesh. "By Him all things consist" (Romans 8:28-29; Colossians 1:17).
As we approach the observance of Thanksgiving in the United States tomorrow, we do well to give thanks for the things we do not know of God's doings, as well as the things of which we are aware. Whether in a vast creation or the minute details of our lives, our Heavenly Father works in ways so skilled and detailed, we cannot see His heart and hand in motion. Like Frances's wall and window, however, we often see the effects at a later time. We marvel on such occasions, we praise the Doer, and yes, we give thanks for things we could not see as He did them, but which amaze us when we become aware of wonders without number.
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His counselor? Or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto Him again? For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen."
Weekly Memory Verse
Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.