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Devotional—God Is in the Streets

Editor’s Note: For our Ordinary Time Devotional series, you will be hearing entirely from young authors. They will be sharing their perspectives on the theme, “God is in the streets.” Enjoy reading how the next generation of emerging GCI leaders experiences God outside the walls of the Sunday church gathering.

Woman waiting for public transport on bus stop looking at phone

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT

As someone who does not have a driver’s license yet, I am forced to walk or take public transportation. This includes times of waiting—for the bus, for the next stop, and for fellow travelers to get on or off. I am a person who does not like waiting and gets annoyed by the time wasted. In my hurry and frustration, I fail to appreciate what’s in front of me.

I wonder if we have the same approach to God’s timing. We have been so used to fast-paced living that we forget our God is not in a hurry. Our Savior entered the world as a baby. He could have saved us in a second, but he waited twelve years to even start his ministry (Luke 2:49). We also see in creation how God makes beautiful things in his time through seasons, towering trees that were once a seed, and mountains formed by the slow movement of tectonic plates.

May we remember that our God is working in every moment, even those that feel futile. May we surrender to our God who holds everything together when we don’t see what’s ahead of us. Lastly, may we be present to a God who is already present with us.

Prayer: Father, Jesus, and Spirit, we thank you that you are with us. Every breath we take is a gift from you and a reminder of your involvement in our lives. Lead us to be still and know that you are at work. Guide us to rest in you so that we may enjoy your presence as you do with us. Amen.

Hazel Tabin
Pasadena, CA, US


3 thoughts on “Devotional—God Is in the Streets”

  1. To accept and trust God”s time table for our lives is a challenging enterprise. God is always working, both on the scene, and behind the scene. I appreciate the reminder embedded in your contribution.

    “Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” -David G. Allen

  2. Hazel you have a beautiful gift for writing. Thank you for sharing it with us

  3. Thanks Hazel for the reminder to be patient and wait on God who is present in every moment of every day, it is His Patience that we are given to share in and that we need to develop as we wait on His Return and now be used as He Wills.

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