Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Not Hidden

You may recall from previous posts that this year I am memorizing Psalm 139. As part of Leah's Scripture Memory Challenge, on the first and fifteenth of each month I am learning one new verse from Psalm 139. By the end of 2010, I will have the entire psalm committed to memory.
So, Sunday I began memorizing verse 15, and I have been thinking about it every day.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

Psalm 139:15

As I've been thinking about this verse, three phrases have stood out to me:
*not hidden
*secret place
*depths of the earth
To me, something in a secret place - especially in the depths of the earth - is something which cannot be seen. It is un-knowable. But this verse says those things are NOT HIDDEN to God.
I thought about the fact that God could SEE me before anyone else could. When I was just a little tiny embryo in my mother's womb - HE saw me. Before I had even made it that far - God knew me. Wow!

Then I started thinking about my life today:
*The uncertainties I have about parenting
*My inability to see the future, to know how my kids are going to 'turn out'
*My complete lack of control over the circumstances in my life
Do you know what I'm talking about???
And I realized - just as my frame was NOT HIDDEN from God when I was made in the secret place - so these present conditions are NOT HIDDEN from Him. Though I cannot see, and I do not know - God can. And He does.

*I am starting a new job on Monday, and - though I am terribly excited about it - there are many unknowns to me. BUT they are not hidden to God. He knows each man and each woman living at Edgewood Retirement Center and I can trust Him to work in me and through me at that place, according to His good pleasure.
*Many are my questions about mothering. I so want to 'get it right' with my children, that I may raise them to be God-fearing, God-honoring followers of Jesus. Yet I've never done this before, and it's really hard sometimes. BUT the answers are not hidden to God. He knows what my children need and I can trust Him to give me the wisdom I need for mothering.
*In a couple of months I'm going to be back on the speaking circuit. I don't know the women who will be listening to me at any particular event. I don't know their hearts, or their life situations. I don't know what they need to hear. BUT their circumstances are not hidden to God. He knows precisely what each of His daughters needs spoken to her heart, and I am trusting Him to speak through me the words of hope, grace, encouragement and love each woman is waiting to hear.

How about you???

May I encourage you today to spend some time thinking about the un-knowns in your life? Then consider the fact that God knows it all. Your circumstances - the answers to your questions - are NOT HIDDEN from God. And you can trust Him!

Karen

10 comments:

BusyB said...

oh yes....i get those same thoughts through my head....How is everything going to turn out?? kids and self! Its hard sometimes to let God fully stear lol (sometimes i ask if i can help...then I realize my driving is not that great! lol!)
Great verse thank you!!!!

* I dont live too far from san diego (2 hours tops) that sounds neat if you can email me more I WOULD love it!!!! ThANK YOU!

daybeganbusyb@gmail.com

TheUnSoccerMom said...

So many unknowns I'm dealing with right now, so I totally know where you're coming from. You and Gianna are blessings from God for me. Thank Him everyday for sending me to blogger and finding you both!! :o)

Jessica Nelson said...

I'm starting a new job too on Monday, and I always think about who my kids will grow up to be. Thanks for the reminder that God knows what's going. :-)

Irritable Mother said...

Brittany - My driving isn't so great, either. Love that picture! *grin*
I'll email you!

Jodi - HE knows what we need and has a way of connecting us. I love it!

Jessica - So good to see you! I hope your new job goes well. *grin*

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Unknowns--they are so hard for those of us who are control freaks.

Not saying that you are, but I certainly am. I often say that I can deal with what I know...it is what I don't know that drives me crazy. Think God is trying to teach me trust????/


Leah

luvmy4sons said...

Oh this is the lesson God keeps giving me. So many unknowns for me now with all my boys becoming men. He seems to like to keep me in that place of unknowns so I am dependent on Him and not knowledge. I like to know. I like plans well laid out! I keep learning again and again to live moment to moment leaning on Him. Love ya!

Irritable Mother said...

Leah - You can say it. I am! *sheepish grin*
Yes. Trust is a common subject of teaching here, too.

Leslie - I like my plans well laid out as well. Makes me feel safe and, um, in control. But it's like you said - when I don't know, I am dependent on Him. And that's where I need to be!

O Mom said...

ooohhh Psalm 139...LOVE. One of my favorites. When I look back on my childhood and yet read that same verse, I can have no complaints. He knew exactly what He was doing and I find strength in that.

gianna said...

It's only by God's grace that our kids aren't ruined by our inadequacy to parent! And he chose YOU to do this! Thank you Jesus!

Irritable Mother said...

O Mom - "He knew exactly what He was doing" That makes all the difference. I agree!

Gianna - I am soooo thankful that His grace is greater than my inadequacies. I need to trust in that truth every day.