Whenever you get a chance, watch an orchestra conductor. He directs with his whole body, not just with the baton in his hand. Even his hair gets into the act. He feels the music, and he is determined to squeeze every ounce of beauty out of the players and the instruments in front of him.
The audience can never tell exactly what he’ll do or how the orchestra will react to his every movement. Finally, with sweat pouring down him, the concert has ended and the crowd gives a standing ovation. It was a masterpiece!
God is much like the conductor. In fact, He is the Great Conductor, directing people and events in our lives for our benefit and for His glory. We don’t see much of what is going on behind the scenes, but we see it when it starts coming together: an unexpected change of heart or a chance meeting with an old friend. As we seek God and delight in Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts.
The final, beautiful conclusion will probably come from left field, in a way unexpected, but always at the right time. So even when it looks like nothing is happening, especially with “impossible” requests, we must always trust Him. We must never give up on praying for our unsaved or stumbling sister. We must continue to be sensitive to God’s leading on how to handle an impulsive spouse; pray earnestly for our rebellious children; forgive the hurtful parent.
Our Father is not ignoring us. When we finally reap the blessing in its fullness, we’ll see the chain of events that led up to the grand finale. It’s so complex and full of “coincidences,” and we’ll know it had to be conducted by God’s hand. He directs life in ways that we do not understand because He sees the whole picture; He knows that the concert will end beautifully, and all His children will give Him a standing ovation.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
– Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
“Dear Father, thank You for hearing me when I cry out to You. I delight myself in You, Lord, and I do believe that You are true to Your Word and will give me the desires of my heart. Help me to remember that You are always in motion, even when I can’t see anything happening. I am confident that I’ll begin to see signs of change, and Your entire purpose will be revealed with Your glorious fingerprints all over it. Help me now to trust in Your will with…”