Is God at Work?

Look to Maker

Lately God’s impressed upon me one important aspect of His M.O. (“mode of operation”—yes, I know … I watch too many crime shows and know the lingo all too well!)

God is busy at work in our lives, but very often He is busy in the …

Unseen, spiritual realm.

Remembering this has encouraged me, since I don’t always see things happening as fast as I’d like!

Most importantly, it’s changed my focus from the “temporary to the eternal.”

Recently a friend and I began a marriage prayer group with women who are struggling in some way in their marriages. As I pray, I’m hoping to “see” the fruits of the prayers I lift up for these women, but until God decides to reveal His work …

I will wait and trust that He is indeed very busy in their lives and marriages.

How about you? Do you feel discouraged in your marriage or some other area of your life? Do you wonder if God is at work or has forgotten about you?

Then consider this analogy that many of you ladies can relate to …

Envision, for a moment, when you were pregnant.

Do you remember the feeling of having your baby kick you in the ribs or bounce on your full bladder? Sometimes you could tell what body part was actually punching you—even though you could not fully see it. Sometimes it was the outline of a tiny elbow and sometimes it definitely seemed like a foot. Oh, and what about the times your little unborn baby had the hiccups. Remember that?

All of these were signs that your baby was growing, active and alive within you … even though you could not “see” the baby with your eyes before your baby’s birth. Sure, most of us got to see a hazy, black and white image through the technology of a sonogram, but it’s just not the same thing as seeing your baby face-to-face.

Many of you MM readers feel “in the dark” regarding your marriage, just like the mother who impatiently awaits her baby’s birth. But unlike the mother who knows she has a baby within her, you may question if God is really up to something good in your marriage at all.

Let me assure you that if you’re actively seeking Him and surrendering your marriage to Him, then He is at work!

He is dealing with your spouse’s heart. He is bringing the right people across his or her path. And He is opening your eyes to the ways you can be a better spouse.

All of these changes can be “felt” at times but not always “seen.” And the best way to catch a glimpse of them is not through some “spiritual sonogram” but through prayer, Bible meditation/study, and the objective eyes of friends who are praying along with you and observing the changes God is making.

Consider enlisting a friend or two to pray with you about your marriage. Then begin to look for how God is working—trusting Him when it is still yet unseen.

Also, let me know if there’s a way I can help you, answer a question, or simply pray for something specific in your marriage as well. It would be my privilege and honor!

One more thing – here are some encouraging verses for you to meditate on, as you wait on God’s unseen work to be revealed.

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Linking up with NOBH, Imperfect Prose, and New Life Steward

  • Great encouragement! I’ve never been pregnant, but it’s still a great analogy. Thanks for sharing – found you through WIP linkup.

    • Yes, I hope that this analogy can help anyone who feels “in the dark” of some trial or waiting on God’s answer to a prayer. Waiting surely can “make the heart sick” but I hope this gives some hope to those who suffer, Elizabeth. Thanks so much for coming by!

  • Great encouragement! I’ve never been pregnant, but it’s still a great analogy. Thanks for sharing – found you through WIP linkup.

  • Great encouragement! I’ve never been pregnant, but it’s still a great analogy. Thanks for sharing – found you through WIP linkup.

  • … this surely is a beautiful word picture for a faith-stretching challenge. as always, thank you!

    • Thanks so much for coming by, Linda. Your words always encourage me so much, my friend!

  • … this surely is a beautiful word picture for a faith-stretching challenge. as always, thank you!

  • messymarriage

    Thanks so much for coming by, Linda. Your words always encourage me so much, my friend!

  • messymarriage

    Yes, I hope that this analogy can help anyone who feels “in the dark” of some trial or waiting on God’s answer to a prayer. Waiting surely can “make the heart sick” but I hope this gives some hope to those who suffer, Elizabeth. Thanks so much for coming by!

  • Chris Olson

    wise counsel – may it be a blessing

    • That is my prayer as well, Chris. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Chris Olson

    wise counsel – may it be a blessing

  • Kimberly Green

    WHAT AN ENCOURAGEMENT! God is NEVER idle! We recently had an experience where a significantly large decision was made, but we strayed from our tested decision making process, and made a reactional, emotional decision…..and the outcome left us in a situation that was like “Here we go again!” But, though the circumstances were familiar, our attitudes were different. We can see how God did and is currently working on us, refining us as individuals and as a couple into His character. Even when we Blow it in our marriage, He is continually working to benefit our marriage. Thanks Again!.

    • I’m so glad you’re encouraged, Kimberly. It has encouraged me to think about God’s work in the unseen realm. It’s been the prayerful theme running through my mind lately.

      I’ve been “there” in making decisions out of impulse and every time God has worked His wonder and redemption in the mess of it all. My prayer for you and Tony is that He’s busy redeeming it all for you as we type/read! Thanks for the encouraging words, my friend!

  • Kimberly Green

    WHAT AN ENCOURAGEMENT! God is NEVER idle! We recently had an experience where a significantly large decision was made, but we strayed from our tested decision making process, and made a reactional, emotional decision…..and the outcome left us in a situation that was like “Here we go again!” But, though the circumstances were familiar, our attitudes were different. We can see how God did and is currently working on us, refining us as individuals and as a couple into His character. Even when we Blow it in our marriage, He is continually working to benefit our marriage. Thanks Again!.

  • Kath

    this is really hopeful, isn’t it. and thanks for your blessing.

    • I’m glad you think so, Kath. Thanks so much for coming by, my friend!

  • Kath

    this is really hopeful, isn’t it. and thanks for your blessing.

  • messymarriage

    That is my prayer as well, Chris. Thanks for stopping by!

  • messymarriage

    I’m so glad you’re encouraged, Kimberly. It has encouraged me to think about God’s work in the unseen realm. It’s been the prayerful theme running through my mind lately.

    I’ve been “there” in making decisions out of impulse and every time God has worked His wonder and redemption in the mess of it all. My prayer for you and Tony is that He’s busy redeeming it all for you as we type/read! Thanks for the encouraging words, my friend!

  • messymarriage

    I’m glad you think so, Kath. Thanks so much for coming by, my friend!

  • What an amazing metaphor–when you pray, and you are waiting for answers, it’s as if you are pregnant. Things are happening and growing, you just can’t see them!!

    • Thanks for your kind words, Anita. I appreciate you stopping by, my friend!

  • What an amazing metaphor–when you pray, and you are waiting for answers, it’s as if you are pregnant. Things are happening and growing, you just can’t see them!!

  • Oh, Beth, I love this reminder- and it’s a truth that God keeps revealing to me, too, as I wait and pray, wait and pray for some promised things. Love it when He gives me a “holy echo” through someone’s words. Thanks for being that echo today.

    • Yes, I felt that “holy echo” at your place. It makes me wonder how many times God is doing that and we don’t know it unless we have an avenue to share those thoughts–like through our blogs. 🙂 Thanks for your sweet and encouraging words and presence in my life, Alicia!

  • Oh, Beth, I love this reminder- and it’s a truth that God keeps revealing to me, too, as I wait and pray, wait and pray for some promised things. Love it when He gives me a “holy echo” through someone’s words. Thanks for being that echo today.

  • Met with a friend last night who is in this unseen stage. So many things going “wrong” but I wonder how many are really “right” and it’s God growing something bigger in her than she can even imagine…

    • Yes, it seems like things are going wrong or not happening at all sometimes. But like you, Lisa, I want to wrap my arms around those friends and encourage them with the encouragement God gives me/us! Thanks for being such a gracious co-laborer, my friend!

  • Met with a friend last night who is in this unseen stage. So many things going “wrong” but I wonder how many are really “right” and it’s God growing something bigger in her than she can even imagine…

  • rboerner

    The unseen is such a scary place for all of us but I believe God has been working on me for a while in this area. About 5 years ago, I took on a verse as my own and it seems to be my “go to” verse for everything. I find so much comfort knowing and trusting in the fact that God knows all the plans for my life and they are plans that won’t HARM me but will give me HOPE and a future! I don’t say this as if I’ve got it all together because believe me there is a lot of unseen in my life, especially my marriage! Finding support through friends is very encouraging. Being involved in a prayer group has given me encouragement and I have gotten glimpses of how God is at work in my marriage. Just got one tonight and I am so thankful to Him for revealing it! I think sometimes if He revealed everything to us at once we wouldn’t depend on Him which is what life is truly about – “I can do ALL things through CHRIST who gives me strength!”

    • I think praying God’s Word has so much power. I’m glad you’ve claimed that verse, Becky. I believe God is going to bless you as you honor Him and His Word. And I’m excited to hear that you feel God answering your prayers. I hope you know how privileged I feel to be joining you in that quest for a healthy and joyful marriage. Love you!

  • rboerner

    The unseen is such a scary place for all of us but I believe God has been working on me for a while in this area. About 5 years ago, I took on a verse as my own and it seems to be my “go to” verse for everything. I find so much comfort knowing and trusting in the fact that God knows all the plans for my life and they are plans that won’t HARM me but will give me HOPE and a future! I don’t say this as if I’ve got it all together because believe me there is a lot of unseen in my life, especially my marriage! Finding support through friends is very encouraging. Being involved in a prayer group has given me encouragement and I have gotten glimpses of how God is at work in my marriage. Just got one tonight and I am so thankful to Him for revealing it! I think sometimes if He revealed everything to us at once we wouldn’t depend on Him which is what life is truly about – “I can do ALL things through CHRIST who gives me strength!”

  • soulstops

    Such good solid wisdom and insight, Beth…yes, prayer is such a vital part of our partnering with God to work in our marriage and in our hearts 🙂

    • Yes, and praying with two or more has even more power. I’m witnessing that with this group, Dolly. And it’s so inspiring and hopeful. Thanks so much for coming by and encouraging me again. We must meet face-to-face someday! 🙂

      • soulstops

        Oh, I agree about the power of praying w/ 2 or more…such a gift…Yes, God willing, we will meet one day, Beth 🙂

  • soulstops

    Such good solid wisdom and insight, Beth…yes, prayer is such a vital part of our partnering with God to work in our marriage and in our hearts 🙂

  • i was remembering this today, that though i don’t see the growth, God is still at work. that’s the mystery of advent, hope in the darkness. encouraging, much-needed words here. <3

    • I’m so glad this resonated with you Suzannah. It’s not only something I’m praying for these women to see, but I am claiming that truth for my own life. It’s hard sometimes, but encouraging words from friends like you make it all the more real. I’ll pray for you and I covet your prayers for me and these women!

  • i was remembering this today, that though i don’t see the growth, God is still at work. that’s the mystery of advent, hope in the darkness. encouraging, much-needed words here. <3

  • i was remembering this today, that though i don’t see the growth, God is still at work. that’s the mystery of advent, hope in the darkness. encouraging, much-needed words here. <3

  • We totally were on the same page!! Fab post – and it’s great to discover your site. It sounds like a really important ministry. With love from a fellow pastor’s wife 🙂

    • I didn’t notice that you are a pastor’s wife, Tanya. I’ll have to stay in touch with you. Seems we have the same heartbeat! Thanks for coming by and for encouraging me!

  • We totally were on the same page!! Fab post – and it’s great to discover your site. It sounds like a really important ministry. With love from a fellow pastor’s wife 🙂

  • messymarriage

    Thanks for your kind words, Anita. I appreciate you stopping by, my friend!

  • messymarriage

    Yes, I felt that “holy echo” at your place. It makes me wonder how many times God is doing that and we don’t know it unless we have an avenue to share those thoughts–like through our blogs. 🙂 Thanks for your sweet and encouraging words and presence in my life, Alicia!

  • messymarriage

    Yes, it seems like things are going wrong or not happening at all sometimes. But like you, Lisa, I want to wrap my arms around those friends and encourage them with the encouragement God gives me/us! Thanks for being such a gracious co-laborer, my friend!

  • messymarriage

    I think praying God’s Word has so much power. I’m glad you’ve claimed that verse, Becky. I believe God is going to bless you as you honor Him and His Word. And I’m excited to hear that you feel God answering your prayers. I hope you know how privileged I feel to be joining you in that quest for a healthy and joyful marriage. Love you!

  • messymarriage

    Yes, and praying with two or more has even more power. I’m witnessing that with this group, Dolly. And it’s so inspiring and hopeful. Thanks so much for coming by and encouraging me again. We must meet face-to-face someday! 🙂

  • messymarriage

    I’m so glad this resonated with you Suzannah. It’s not only something I’m praying for these women to see, but I am claiming that truth for my own life. It’s hard sometimes, but encouraging words from friends like you make it all the more real. I’ll pray for you and I covet your prayers for me and these women!

  • messymarriage

    I didn’t notice that you are a pastor’s wife, Tanya. I’ll have to stay in touch with you. Seems we have the same heartbeat! Thanks for coming by and for encouraging me!

  • soulstops

    Oh, I agree about the power of praying w/ 2 or more…such a gift…Yes, God willing, we will meet one day, Beth 🙂

  • Emily Wierenga

    if you are actively seeking God, then he is at work… amen friend.

    • Thanks, Em. I appreciate you, your presence and your words gracing my blog, my friend!

  • Emily Wierenga

    if you are actively seeking God, then he is at work… amen friend.

  • messymarriage

    Thanks, Em. I appreciate you, your presence and your words gracing my blog, my friend!