So what do we do while we are “watching for God” — that is, while we are waiting for the answer to prayer? Moreover, how do we live in the reality of the abundance Jesus Christ promised when we look all around us and see everything but abundance–poverty of love, poverty of morality as well as economic poverty?
A few days ago I fell into a funk. All I could sense was the great need for health and faith and hope and love in our world, our country and in the lives of people I love. In addition, I have failed to reach some personal goals for myself. I felt myself slipping down into a very scary place.
Several things helped me. I had some places I could go and people I had promised to see. Also, I have books–stories of people who inspire me. I have poetry and I have the Bible. I began to read, and slowly I remembered that even when I can’t see how God is going to work in the various lives I pray for (including my own), I am rich in the knowledge that He does love us. He has not forgotten the world, our nation, my loved ones, or me. In the meantime, I have books to read and people to see. I can truly live rich in a world that sometimes looks very poor indeed.