II Corinthians 4: 17-18
17. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
One particular afternoon I was cleaning closets and drawers and rearranging my dressing room. As I was cleaning the room, I realized it looked worse than when I had begun. There were clothes, shoes, purses, and trash piled everywhere. It was scattered all over the dressing room, hallway, and the room next-door.
As I worked, I was casually listening to one of my favorite female preachers share a word on her YouTube channel. I was catching what she said here and there as I sorted through things walking from one room to the other. Then the words "Even when we can't see it, He's working" caught my attention. I found myself sitting there paying close attention to every word she spoke. I had been going through some genuine struggles financially and spiritually during the Covid lockdown, and I had the constant prayer on my lips. "Lord, what are you doing. Everything is a mess. I need help; I need direction." She continued, "Everything may look like a mess, but he's still working!"
I looked around me. There I was, sitting in the middle of a pile of what looked like a mess. I heard the Holy Spirit gently say to me, "this is what you see while the work is being done. But, I am working on your behalf. I see the finished picture. I know what your life is going to look like when it's complete." I giggled a bit. I again looked around me. I imagined if my life were piled in that room at that moment, it would look a lot like this. If you had walked into my house and looked around, it would seem like chaos and confusion. You wouldn't believe I was working. But I was.
When I clean, there is a process. There is a method to my madness. I like to separate items into piles. I have a throwaway pile, giveaway pile, and a keep pile. Throughout our life, God makes his own piles. He needs to get rid of the sin in our life, so that goes in the trash pile, then there are good things in our life, but we just don't need them, so he puts that in the giveaway pile. Then what is left are the things that God wants to remain in us. He takes that and puts it where it belongs, and everything is neat and tidy till it's time to clean again.
After everything was sorted and put away, dusted, and vacuumed, I looked and saw the finished result. I wondered, "what I am going to look like when God is through with me."
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Even when you can't see...
Whatever you're dealing with today it may seem like a big mess but just know there is a process. Don't get discouraged, don't get overwhelmed; just because you don't see what God is doing doesn't mean He is not working. One of my favorite chorus's says, "He is a Waymaker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the darkness my God, that is who you are. Waymaker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the darkness, my God, that is who you are. Even when I don't see it, you're working you never stop you never stop working".
God will always be working on us. We are the project that never ends. But we can stand assured that even though we can't see it, He's working!