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I Love a Good Mystery!

I love a good mystery. My favorite shows all have an element of mystery. This weekend, my hero husband and I experienced the new Angelina Jolie movie, Salt. It was a Jason Bourne, action packed, what’s going to happen next movie. I was guessing ‘til the very end.

Come to think of it, I like new. I try new recipes, new restaurants and talk to new people! (Yes I am one of those people.) But there have been a few mysteries I have not appreciated. Moving away from all of our family and friends was the biggest. I cried for almost five years every time the subject came up. The cost was too high. And instead of a good future, all I could see was a wall with fear, panic and the word “NO” grafitti’d all over it!

Thankfully His still small voice broke thru the noise. I was waiting for Beth Moore’s Believing God Bible study to begin and I had the following encounter with God.

“You love it when you see something happen and know it was Me, don’t you?”

“Of course! It’s so cool to realize You were working behind the scenes all along!”

“Then why don’t you get excited about what I am going to do?”

“Ooooh! I can do that!”

And my life has never been the same! I had a few more moments of “mully-grubbing” about moving. (Mully-grubbing is southern slang for complaining) But He was faithful to remind me of our previous chat about what He was going to do. And He was faithful to give me a few new “nuggets” to hold on to.

The result? Hundreds of wonderful relationships. New soul-edifying friendships that I could have never known if I had not believed Him. An exponentially better marriage. Personal growth. New opportunities to serve Him. And these are things I can see today. I am smiling as I write this knowing that what lies ahead of me is a mystery, one I can look forward to.

There is freedom in believing God. He taught me to trust Him. Then He gave me one insight that changed the course of my life. And I am free to live the life that is more than I could have asked or imagined. I am living these two verses from Isaiah!

“But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. The wild animals in the fields will thank me, the jackals and owls, too, for giving them water in the desert. Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed. Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT

This post appeared first on Lyn Smith’s blog – August 11, 2010

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

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  1. Love this post! I am currently wrapping up teaching the Beth Moore Believing God Bible Study in my house. (Rather, she is teaching it on my TV!) God truly used it a couple of years ago to transform my life, much like the transformation you talk about here. I couldn’t wait until just the right time to lead others in the same study and journey of faith. This summer has been that time! Can’t wait to see what’s around the next bend. I start studying Isaiah through BSF in just a few short weeks. Should be amazing!!!

  2. Wow, what a good word! Glad I ‘happened’ across it! I’ve been in that ‘mully-grubbing’ place so many times too, partially due to moving a few times myself, including back home. ‘Home’ hasn’t been quite what we expected it to be when we moved back when our son was born about 5 years ago. Things change, family changed, we changed. Hasn’t seemed what it was cracked up to be. So now, I’m ready & open to move on again when the time comes. (My husband’s job will require it eventually.) But I’ve been learning about trusting in Him -fully trusting – not doing it for a little bit and then pull it back when I get scared or I can’t see what’s ahead. I fully believe in God’s infinite power and wisdom, grace and mercy. But as my hubby and I have discussed several times, it’s really hard sometimes for me to fully let go in faith when I haven’t ever experienced anything ‘big’ come to pass. But then, I suppose that’s where the passage comes into play about ‘believing what you cannot see’, huh?! Just sometimes wonder how long it will be before it’s revealed. Maybe I won’t until I let go…hmmm…
    I ask God to let go & release His blessings…He responds, “You first”…..WOW.
    (P.S.- my hubby and I just saw “Salt” recently, and we commented that it was like the ‘chick’ version of Jason Bourne!) 😉

    1. Jennifer White

      Kristi, thank you so much for your response. Faith is not a something we can order at the drive-thru window and pick up seconds later is it? Remember in the crossing of the Red Sea (i hope that is the right sea) when Moses (hope it was Moses) put his feet in the water and THEN the waters parted. And they crossed over walking on dry land. We all have to put our feet in and then watch for God’s amazing power to part our sea!