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Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

When God does nothing

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Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery. Ecclesiastes 8:6-7 (NIV)

“I also like it when God does nothing.” 

I look at my husband and wonder if all the treatments he’s had for cancer are affecting his brain. 

Then Xylon goes onto say, “I like it when God does nothing because sometimes the things I pray for are pretty stupid. If God let them happen my life would be a mess.”

He went on to give an example of a job opportunity that recently fell through. At the time Xylon felt like his dream job had just been denied but a few months later he is so grateful that the job fell through.

His comment made me think about my own life. 

When it feels like God is doing nothing

God hasn’t answered all my prayers the way I asked. And that is grace. (tweet this)

Normally, I don’t see God’s grace till months, years or even decades later, but then I look back, and I see how God always gave me his best to me. 

Honestly, I sometimes find trusting God to do his best is hard but this conversation with my husband made me realise something: 

One, even when it feels like God is doing nothing, he is working for my good. (tweet this)

Two, I like it when God does nothing. (tweet this)

Ponder: Can you think of three things you prayed for that never happened that you are thankful for?

Pray: Lord, even when I don’t understand why you don’t do anything, I trust you. 

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- This was orginally published on my site in August 2014. To read more devotionals like this go to ilovedevotionals.com

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