Because we’re human (surprise), we cannot see what God sees and we do not know what God knows. As a result, we often find ourselves wondering, “What is God doing?”
I’ve been asking myself that question a lot here lately. What is God doing? As my circumstances change and I find myself in times of uncertainty, I find I am lacking confidence in myself and God’s plan which isn’t easy for me to admit. Don’t get me wrong, I know Truth and, in the depths of my heart, I know God is working. It’s my mind I have to convince at times.
This topic is something I’m struggling with right now and it’s something I’m currently working through. Oddly enough, the metaphor I’ll be using has been on my mind for a while, but the timing never felt right and I didn’t want to force it.
I’m so thankful I didn’t act on it until now because I needed this reminder right now more than ever.
I know some of you do, too.
I’m thankful for God’s perfect timing!
With that being said, I’m going to use my experience with basketball goggles as a metaphor to help ease our minds when we find ourselves asking, “What is God doing?”
Stay with me, I really think you’ll want to hear this.
Here’s the deal. I am not a very good dribbler. I never have been. When I was a freshman in high school, I probably traveled 1,735 times. EVERY SINGLE TIME I touched the basketball, I walked. I WISH I WAS KIDDING. Coach was so patient with me.
We’d do all sorts of drills in practice to improve our dribbling and ball handling skills. During these drills, we were, inevitably, required to wear basketball goggles. These are basically horse blinders for humans…or, what I’d like to call, Satan’s glasses of choice. They help players become better dribblers. In addition to this, players develop a stronger court sense and become more confident with the basketball.
These goggles have a thick layer that juts out below the eyes (where your sweat gathers in small puddles) to keep players from looking down at the basketball. This forces you to play solely by feel of the ball, rather than by sight, because your vision is limited to what’s right in front of you. In other words, you can only see what the goggles allow.
Because of these unattractive features, it was not uncommon for me to wonder, “Why is this happening!?” Deep down, I knew why, but even though I knew good and well the goggles would help my dribbling skills, I dreaded having to wear them. I MEAN…HELLOOOOOO, I COULDN’T SEE JACK SQUAT! Seriously. God be with the person having to dribble behind me.
It was hard and frustrating and it felt like the WORST THING EVER but, as time went on, I began to (slowly) see the benefits of wearing those goggles. They taught me how to relax and minimized the number of panic attacks I had when the ball came my way freshman year to only 87. Good things take time, people. Back off.
In hindsight, I can see why wearing the goggles were so important. They made me a better dribbler. If only I had appreciated them then as much as I do now. But, I suppose I wouldn’t be writing this post had I fully understood the purpose behind the Enemy’s eyewear.
Walking through life with Christ is a lot like wearing those basketball goggles.
Our vision is extremely limited and, therefore, it’s not uncommon for us to wonder, “Why is this happening!? What is God doing!?”
We often feel discouraged when we face hardships. All we can see is what’s right in front of us and, to be honest, sometimes what’s right in front of us just plain stinks. It looks and feels like the WORST THING EVER. Puddles of sweat begin to gather beneath our eyeballs. We feel blind, incapable.
We don’t understand why things are happening the way they are or, better yet, why they’re NOT happening, and we lack confidence in ourselves and in God’s plan.
So what IS God doing????????? The truth is…a LOT! We just can’t see it because we can only see what God ALLOWS us to see.
2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Had those basketball goggles allowed me to, I would’ve looked down at the basketball and never progressed. I wouldn’t have been able to see my teammates when they were open, nor would I have been able to react when the defender approached. By minimizing my vision of the ball, I maximized the possibilities on the court.
Tony Dungy stated, “We often can’t see what God is doing in our lives, but God sees the whole picture and His plan for us clearly.”
If we could see and understand everything God is doing in our life, we would have no need for a relationship with Him. We’d choose sight over faith every time and would never grow in our discipleship.
Our limited perception during times of uncertainty highlights a God whose plans are certain.
Although we have no idea what God is doing, we can trust He is at work in our lives and that His plans are good.
Our present circumstances do not disprove His presence.
Never underestimate the unseen work God is doing in your life. We cannot see what God sees and we do not know what God knows.
The obscurity of our vision only magnifies the clarity of God’s. Trust that He is doing far more than the human eye can see.