I want to know what God is doing! (Don’t you?)

Often, I want to know what God is doing, don't you? There are times when we don't understand God & what He up to in our lives. What is He up to? Why is He allowing these things to happen? That’s what we are talking about in this post. Find hope in today's article when you drop by for a visit. #hope #whereisGod #whatisGoddoing #encouragement
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My grandmother was an amazing seamstress.

Anything with a needle and thread, she could whip into a masterpiece.

She did counted-cross stitch, and she crocheted. Every piece she created was beautiful, intricate in detail, and quite fantastic.

As a child, I tried to follow in her footsteps.


First, we tried sewing with a pattern.

Then, we moved to knitting, cross-stitching, and crocheting. Whether it was my lack of patience or lack of skill, I don’t really know. But, I could never really master her sewing skills.

Finally, we discovered something I could do – hook rugs.

Maybe you’ll remember these?

There was a hook that you held in your hand, thousands of short pieces of colored yarn, and a large piece of plastic with a picture stamped on the back.

To complete a hooked rug, all you had to do was hook the yarn onto the correct section of the colored plastic. You just followed the picture. (I must say that I was quite awesome at this “skill!”)


Looking back on those days, I also remember something interesting about the hook rugs

From the front of the plastic, you could not see the picture that you were creating. It was just white plastic with pieces of yarn hooked to it.

To get the whole picture, you had to flip the plastic over.

The real “pattern” was on the backside of the plastic, only visible to the one who was creating it.


In recent days, I’ve thought about how our lives are a lot like those hook rugs.

We can only see the front of the plastic of our lives.

Some pieces of yarn are sticking out, but we have no idea what the finished picture will look like (or even what it’s supposed to be.)

Only Almighty God knows and can see the whole picture for our lives!

He has a pattern and a plan, and He is very slowly and methodically creating our masterpiece.

Some days, this is very hard.


Often, I want to know what God is doing, don't you? There are times when we don't understand God & what He up to in our lives. What is He up to? Why is He allowing these things to happen? That’s what we are talking about in this post. Find hope in today's article when you drop by for a visit. #hope #whereisGod #whatisGoddoing #encouragement


Help! I want to know what God is doing!


Furthermore, I want to see the picture on the back of the plastic.

I want to know what God is doing!

  • Why did He allow this or that?

  • What is going on?

  • Why is this happening?

  • What on earth is God up to?

  • Why did He do this instead of that?


Maybe you’ve also wondered some of these same things.

I think we all reach points in our lives when we wonder what is going on!

What is God doing?

What is He up to?

On those days and in those moments when we don’t understand, what can we do?


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There is really no magic formula here.

There is not a list of steps we can take so that we will understand.

However, I do believe there are some promises from scripture that we can cling to when life gets confusing.

We can hold fast to these truths when life is confusing.

However, I do believe there are some promises from scripture that we can cling to when life gets confusing.

We can hold fast to these truths when life is confusing.


Often, I want to know what God is doing, don't you? There are times when we don't understand God & what He up to in our lives. What is He up to? Why is He allowing these things to happen? That’s what we are talking about in this post. Find hope in today's article when you drop by for a visit. #hope #whereisGod #whatisGoddoing #encoruagement


Here are 5 Biblical Promises I cling to when God doesn’t make sense:


First, Remember God doesn’t THINK like us.

Sometimes, we try to understand what God is doing and what He is thinking.

It’s never going to happen! He’s God! We aren’t!

His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are greater than our thoughts.

He’s not held back by sin or by any baggage, dysfunction, or prejudice.

God is completely holy.

He is totally perfect.

He is in control of all things – including our lives!


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Isaiah 55:8-9 is the text I go to when I’m doubting God’s wisdom,

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.   

“And my ways are FAR BEYOND ANYTHING YOU COULD IMAGINE.

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”


Often, I want to know what God is doing, don't you? There are times when we don't understand God & what He up to in our lives. What is He up to? Why is He allowing these things to happen? That’s what we are talking about in this post. Find hope in today's article when you drop by for a visit. #hope #whereisGod #whatisGoddoing #encoruagement


Second, Remember He is God; we are not.

Oh, what a relief this one is! God is God; we are not.

Truly, He can handle the cares of this world, the cares of people, and the cares of our lives.


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When I question God and His ways, I often have to park myself in Isaiah 40.

Here is just a sampling: (verses 12-14, 18, 22)

“Who else has held the oceans in his hand?
    And, Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers?

Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?
Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord?
    And, who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?
 Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice?
    Does he need instruction about what is good?

To whom can you compare God?
    What image can you find to resemble him?

God sits above the circle of the earth.
    The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!”


Often, I want to know what God is doing, don't you? There are times when we don't understand God & what He up to in our lives. What is He up to? Why is He allowing these things to happen? That’s what we are talking about in this post. Find hope in today's article when you drop by for a visit. #hope #whereisGod #whatisGoddoing #encoruagement


Third, Remember God always does what is BEST for us.

God always does what is best for us.

Always!

Every single time!

And, He can coordinate my best with your best.

He is wise enough to do what is best for every living soul on this planet!

I don’t have to send Him instructions.

I don’t have to try to micromanage God.

He is completely able to manage it all by Himself!


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My favorite promise on this subject comes from Jeremiah 29:11,

FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU,” says the Lord.

“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”


Often, I want to know what God is doing, don't you? There are times when we don't understand God & what He up to in our lives. What is He up to? Why is He allowing these things to happen? That’s what we are talking about in this post. Find hope in today's article when you drop by for a visit. #hope #whereisGod #whatisGoddoing #encoruagement


Fourth, Remember God is FOR us.

One of my sweet mentors taught me this truth! Regularly she would say to me, “Melanie, remember, God is FOR you.”

So, when I would walk into uncomfortable situations, I would remind myself, “The Lord is FOR me!”

You can do this same thing!

As you are walking through life’s challenges and difficulties, remind yourself, “The Lord is FOR me!”


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Where do I get this truth?

Check out Psalm 118:6,

THE LORD IS FOR ME, so I will have no fear.
  What can mere people do to me?”



Fifth, Remember God NEVER leaves us alone. He never forsakes us.

Oh, I love this promise from the Bible!

He is with us!

The Lord will never leave us or forsake us!

We can take this promise to the bank – no matter what is happening around us.

No matter who is leading our country.

No matter what is going on in your family. 

And, no matter what is happening with your health.

No matter how low your bank account goes.

Also, no matter what is happening at your church or on your job.


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You can find this promise throughout scripture.

I chose to highlight Isaiah 41:10,

“Don’t be afraid, FOR I AM WITH YOU.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”


Often, I want to know what God is doing, don't you? There are times when we don't understand God & what He up to in our lives. What is He up to? Why is He allowing these things to happen? That’s what we are talking about in this post. Find hope in today's article when you drop by for a visit. #hope #whereisGod #whatisGoddoing #encoruagement


Additionally, I love this poem that I found many years ago

I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
Then, I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve.
When I asked for prosperity and God gave me brawn and brains to work.
I asked for courage and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for patience and God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait.
As I asked for love and God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favors and God gave me opportunities.
I asked for everything so I could enjoy life.
Instead, He gave me life so I could enjoy everything.
I received nothing I wanted, I received everything I needed.

(Author Unknown)



And, the words to this song always remind me to keep trusting God – even when I don’t understand.

All things work for our good
Though sometimes we can’t
See how they could
Struggles that break our hearts in two
Sometimes blind us to the truth

Our Father knows what’s best for us
His ways are not our own
So when your pathway grows dim
And you just can’t see Him,
Remember you’re never alone

God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don’t understand
When don’t see His plan
When you can’t trace His hand
Trust His Heart

God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don’t understand
When don’t see His plan
And, when you can’t trace His hand
Trust His Heart

He sees the master plan
He holds the future in His hand,
So don’t live as those who have no hope,
All our hope is found in Him.

We see the present clearly
But He sees the first and last
And like a tapestry, He’s weaving you and me,
To someday be just like Him

God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don’t understand
When don’t see His plan
And, when you can’t trace His hand
Trust His Heart

He alone is faithful and true
He alone knows what is best for you

God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don’t understand
When don’t see His plan
When you can’t trace His hand
Trust His Heart

when you don’t understand
When you don’t see His plan

And, when you can’t trace His hand
Trust His Heart

(Song by Babbie Mason)



So, what do you think?

Where do you turn when God doesn’t make sense?

Which promises are your “go-to” verses?

How can I pray for you today?

I always enjoy hearing from you!



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44 Comments

  1. Thank you for the reminders. I know this in my head but sometimes it’s hard to get it to my heart. God has brought me through so many difficult times and medical problems and I will forever praise Him for He deserves our praises.

  2. Oh my God I need that message it really changed my way of thinking an this message really gave me hope everything is working together for my good God knows what he’s doing an do not fear he is with me an he will never leave me or forsake me I really needed this word this word gave me peace in my spirit…Thank u so much Mrs. MELANIE REED God Bless U Always send the right message at the right time I know God is speaking thru …

  3. Your story about the rug making reminded me of my mother. She started a Pom Pom rug during WWII. When she died and I was cleaning out her house, there was the rug unfinished at the same place it was when I was in elementary school. I never got the chance to ask her why she didn’t finish it but thank you for reminding me about this situation with her.

    • Hey Sharon,
      Sounds like an interesting story with your mom and the rug. It’s crazy that she never finished it!
      And, I’m so glad that this post brought back a good memory of your mom. Sounds like an amazing woman.
      Appreciate your stopping by and leaving a comment.
      Blessings,
      Melanie

  4. These are truths about God and His character that certainly inspire and encourage us, Melanie! They are just what I need to remember and cling to today! And as far as your grandmother’s sewing ability, I can relate. My mother and sister were top-notch seamstresses, but me, not so much! Lol! I never tried making a rug, though I remember that craze and was intrigued by it. Thanks for this shot of encouragement, my friend! You always know how to bring God’s joy into the equation!

    • Amen, Beth!
      I’m so thankful for His character!
      I’m glad you could relate to me on the “inability” to sew well! At least we tried!
      Hope you have a wonderful day!
      Sure am blessed by you~
      Melanie

  5. Something I learned years ago that always stuck with me is this: All things work together for good. But what is good? Jesus clarified that no one is good but the Father. All have sinned. So what is good for us? Jesus. So all things work together to transform us into His image! That changes the understanding a bit, right? But, I believe, the poem you referenced describes this perfectly.

  6. Beautiful Melanie! A great way to start my new week with this reminder of the attributes of God, knowing that He sees it all, care about it all, is in control of it all and is working FOR me in it all.

  7. Hi Melanie:
    I am so blessed to have found you through Pinterest. Thank you for your article and the song. They have encouraged me tremendously. Just what I need to hear today as I move forward in a decision that I have been praying for awhile.

    “So when your pathway grows dim
    And you just can’t see Him,
    Remember you’re never alone

    God is too wise to be mistaken
    God is too good to be unkind
    So when you don’t understand
    When don’t see His plan
    When you can’t trace His hand
    Trust His Heart”

  8. I love this Melanie!! This encouragement will always remind me when I wonder.I needed this today too.God surely know what we need. I love the poem too it spoke to me reminding me to Trust Him, He has my back.Thank you Melanie your ministry and friendship is a gift to me.Blessings sweet friend!

    • Thank you, Sydell!
      So glad you were encouraged by reading today.
      I’m asking God to bless you and to fill your life with much joy.
      And, I’m thankful you for you and your friendship as well.
      Blessings on this Easter Weekend!
      Melanie

  9. Hi Melanie. I’m not alone in wondering why God does what He does, whew!
    When I’m faced with questions like these, the thing I rely on is that God has a plan and a purpose that I don’t yet see or understand. My job is to trust in Him no matter what.

    Thanks for this post! Blessings to you. ❤

  10. This is just what I needed to read today.
    I was looking for verses for others and then I logged onto this page and thank you, it’s exactly what I needed today. I should not question what God does or doesn’t do, I should just make sure He is in control of my life.

    • Amen, Colleen!

      I’m so glad to know that you were encouraged today.

      It’s easy to lose heart, but we don’t have to lose our hope or our faith. I love this verse from Luke where Jesus tells Peter that He is praying for his faith to remain strong. “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.” Luke 22:32.

      I will pray this verse for you today – that your faith may not fail but remain strong.

      So glad you stopped by today.
      Blessings to you,
      Melanie

  11. Found you on Pinterest. A young man we know a freshman at college, fell off his skateboard two weeks ago and has been in a medically induced coma since then due to a brain bleed. If you would, pray for him and his family. His parents have been at his bedside 300 miles from home and their other children. he has made progress in healing and tomorrow will be a big day, reduction of sedation and removal of ventilator. Praying for complete restoration of his health and brain function

    • Hey Jane,
      Thanks for stopping by from Pinterest to leave a comment today. I really appreciate you and your visit.
      I also appreciate you sharing this prayer request about this young freshman in college. I’m so sorry to hear about his injury. I will pray. Each time God brings him to mind, I will lift him up.
      Blessings to you and your family,
      Melanie

  12. I’m going to share this with my daughter. She is 20 years old & her boyfriend is 22. He has a very rare type of cancer & is a patient in St. Jude’s. We are Christians & we know that God has a plan, but it sure is hard to remember when you’re in the middle of a huge storm. Thanks for this message. Isaiah 41:10 is one of my favorite verses.

    • Hey Shanna,
      Thank you for stopping by today to leave a comment today. It’s so good to hear from you.
      I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter’s boyfriend and his cancer. St. Jude does amazing work. I pray that you will all be comforted, strengthened, and encouraged today. I also pray that God will heal this boy, if He wills. I’ll also pray for God to give your daughter hope and courage as she walks through these days.
      I love Isaiah 41:10. It’s one of my favorites as well.
      May God be near and sweet to you today as you walk through this storm.
      (Please drop by again and let me know how you all are doing~)
      Blessings,
      Melanie

  13. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a recording of that song before (just learned it from friends who sang it), but it is one of my favorite songs! Such sweet & encouraging lyrics… “God is too wise to be mistaken… too good to be unkind… trust His heart.” He is GOOD! 🙂

    Thanks for the encouraging post!! 🙂

    • Hey Sarah,
      Thank you for stopping by today to leave a kind and encouraging word!
      It’s a great song with an incredible message – don’t you think?
      He is a good God!
      So nice to connect with you.
      Blessings,
      Melanie

  14. I am so glad that you linked this at our Party in Your PJs link party! This was exactly what I needed at this moment. Some of my challenges lately have not been fun. (Understatement of the year!) I am so grateful to be reminded that God is FOR us! Yes, yes, I know that intellectually. Sometimes, it’s just hard to ‘know’ with my heart. Thanks for your encouraging words.

    • Amen, Nina!
      I’m so glad to hear that God used these words to encourage you.
      And, it does seem like we all go through these seasons that challenge us to the core.
      God is for you!
      I pray He will inspire, uplift, and encourage you today!
      Blessings,
      Melanie

  15. As usual this was SO GOOD. I had read the poem sometime ago, it was so good. We have to focus that no matter what God is with us.

  16. I was encouraged by the post! I love the poem that you shared. We don’t see the whole picture. God can be trusted. You’ve expressed that so beautifully here.

    • Thank you, Sarah!
      And, that’s pretty much me in a sentence – mostly simple with a little dash of profound thrown in from time to time!
      Sure am blessed by you and by our amazing God!

  17. I just recently subscribed to your blog and found you on instagram! Thank you so much for all the encouragement and inspiration! Loved this blogpost!! God bless you ♡

    • Hey Bella,
      Welcome! I’m so glad you have joined us!
      You bless me with your kind words today!
      Thank you for connecting with me!
      I hope you have a wonderful evening~
      Blessings,
      Melanie

  18. You’re so right, my dear friend. There are no magic formulas. But these biblical truths and promises are definitely things we can stand firm on! Love you!

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