Whether you are an artist, architect or designer, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In the early stages of any project, its hard to visualize the direction and progress an individual is making. Yet, time has a way of shaping the horizon, unveiling blind eyes to the Creator of this world.
In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, Colossians 2:11.
Unfortunately, I find myself in a transitional phase, a moment when my calling is a mystery to me, vague and unclear. During these periods of darkness, the hand of God on your life is invisible. Like a storm cloud shading the sun, sometimes days turn into night. Although the hand of God is at work, a lack of progress can make people feel like their life doesn’t have any rhyme or reason.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus, Philippians 1:6.
According to Acts 16, the apostle Paul was arrested for healing a slave girl oppressed by a spirit during a visit to Philippi. While behind bars, Paul was not able to see the hand of God at work initially. However, following an earthquake, Paul realized this trial occurred so that he would be able to meet and lead the prison guard along with his family to Christ. This event inspired the works above in Philippians 1:6. In view of this, as you struggle to make sense of trying times, don’t forget that behind the scenes the hand of the Lord is at work.
by Jay Mankus