Good day to you, Beloved of God!
Based upon the title, you may think this will be a post about serving in the “background”, out of sight from others where you might receive glory. But, it’s not.
This is a post about God working in the background, where we don’t see.
For the past few days (at least) I have been given the task of burning DVDs for an AMAZING teaching series by Rick Bonfim, “Gifts of the Holy Spirit Revisited”. To say I’ve experienced a few roadblocks during the process would be an understatement. Day after day has passed and at the end of each day I marvel at the fact that I have no physical evidence to show for my work.
Yesterday, Johnathan, the office manager, came to help me. We tried time after time to “share” the videos to a DVD format. We sat there, heard nothing, saw nothing, and kept sending the same “share project to DVD” task for my computer to complete. We guessed that something was wrong with the DVD writer, so I went to Best Buy to get a new one for my desktop. At the end of the day yesterday, once again, I felt like I’d been through war but had nothing to show for it. One last time, I exported the project.
This morning, I come and see “Project successfully shared!” Great! Well, then “Project successfully shared” pops up again. And again. And again.
So EVERY time I, in my impatience and eagerness to resolve the problem, sent the project to “share to a DVD”, my computer was already working on doing that very thing. And I was bogging it down with the same request.
I then, through Johnathan’s encouragement to research the problem, discover this thing called the “Background Tasks” button. Come to find out that if I click it, I can monitor the progress of the task I have asked the computer to complete. The article I read that informed me about said button stated, “When you click the Share button, the DVD menu dialog will go away. That doesn’t mean your disc is finished burning! Have patience!
Wow. Once I could see that my computer was in the process of completing the task I had requested I had no reason to worry, fret, or be impatient. I just needed to wait. In fact, the more I tried to hurry the process along, the longer it took.
Isn’t that like us? We ask God to do something on our behalf or another’s behalf, and then when we don’t see or hear any immediate results, we try to take things into our own hands. We try to force the request to happen, and we end up making the whole process a lot more painful than it had to be.
God is working. We may not see what He is doing; we may not have an indicator like a “Background Tasks” button to track His progress, but He is working. Does Scripture not say, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6)? When we invite Him into our lives, He is committed to finishing the good work that He began in us!
And think of all of the many promises we have regarding prayer: “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17). “‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know'” (Jeremiah 33:3). Or, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). Just because the “dialog” has finished at the end of a prayer, doesn’t mean you will see the finished work then and there. Be patient! 🙂
To sum it up: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Trust Him. Trust Him. Trust Him. He’s working.