Believing Beyond What We Can See

By Kathi Pelton

In seasons of pain, loss or waiting it is easy to get stuck in only what is before our eyes. After all, isn’t there a saying, “Seeing is believing”? In my life and in the life of most believers— what we see is rarely a true gauge for what God is doing.

God is always working in the place of “beyond what we can see.” I love the one stanza in the popular song, Way Maker, that says,

Even when I don’t see it, You’re working
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working
You never stop, You never stop working
You never stop, You never stop working

Many years ago when my husband and I were trying to adopt our oldest daughter (she was a baby at the time), it seemed that every where we turned we hit a dead end or obstacle that was too big to cross over. But we had clearly heard God’s voice again and again saying, “This is your daughter.” Even some of the strongest believers we knew doubted as they looked with their eyes at the impossibilities that laid before us month after month. One day the judge on her case told me with much force, “You don’t have a prayer!” But…that is exactly what we had! Then, two months after we lost her, the case was closed and she was to go to another family…God, who never stops working, did a miracle and overnight she was in our arms as our daughter! We couldn’t see Him working— we didn’t even know if He was working…but He was working and it was in the place of “beyond what we can see.”

That doesn’t mean we didn’t weep. We wept with a grief that we didn’t know was possible. It doesn’t mean we didn’t grapple with wondering if we had not heard right. We truly had to question everything about how we heard God. It doesn’t mean we didn’t waver in our faith. When the case was closed on us, we completely lost faith…not in God but in what we thought we heard.

But, behind the scenes this was happening,

Even when I don’t see it, You’re working
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working
You never stop, You never stop working
You never stop, You never stop working.

Our Way Maker was working! Once again many of us find ourselves in a similar place. Very little that my eyes see make sense. Most of the “seen” contradicts what I thought I heard about so many things. The current losses seem to far outweigh any possible victory. So, in this place of waiting, wondering, and wrestling I will remember that He never stops working (even when I cannot see it).

As I am writing this little post of encouragement (yes, even to encouraging my own soul), my husband walked into the room with a cup of coffee for me, in a mug that I don’t remember owning, that says,

“Be still and know…” Psalm 46:10

Once again He speaks in personal and mysterious ways…His still, small voice silences the fears and calms the waves…

“Be still My daughter. I am not finished yet.”

And so I let down all of the self protection that wants to guard my heart, I weep again but in renewed hope and I cling to the One who has never failed me.

No matter what you are facing or what your eyes see— He never stops working. His promise in Jeremiah 29:11 is still true!

“For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
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You may have woke up this morning feeling pain and deep sorrow but the Lord’s declaration is that He will give you a future and a hope. You may not “see” any hope but that is where our Way Maker makes a way. If you are “in the land of the living” and you call upon His name then this promise is for you. For those who have passed out of the land of the living (and called upon His name)— they have received the fullness of their HOPE! It’s an eternal promise.

Do not despair to the point of losing hope. We are “prisoners of hope” that will hope beyond what our eyes can see.

“Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.” Zechariah 9:12

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The Beauty of Tears Offered As Praise

Kathi Pelton

Last night my husband and I sat with four young people that we love deeply. A couple of them were experiencing profound pain, so we put aside the night’s “agenda” and we sat with them, held their hands, held them and then all six of us began to weep together. We wept with deep intercession and tender love. Jesus was so present there weeping with us.

Then the young man began began to offer his pain as praise declaring, “You are worthy of my praise in the midst of pain.” His tears became drops of worship like the costly perfume offered over the feet of Jesus by Mary. The pain in the room was so real but the praise offered in the midst of the pain released a sweet aroma that filled the room with His presence and beauty.

We were all undone as we entered into the hope and the offering of praise in the face of pain.

Romans 12:15 says,

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”

We have become well-acquainted with both weeping and rejoicing with the ones that we love. We know that pain lasts a night but “joy comes in the morning.” Sometimes the nights are long but surely morning will come and then together we will rejoice.

All too often we are quick to try to “cheer someone up” rather than merely sit with them while they let their tears flow. What if we stopped and wept with them with no answers or words? If we would do this we would probably experience what we witnessed last night: a time where in the midst of pain the alabaster jar is broken and the costly perfume of praise that was formed in the pain is poured out upon His feet. Each one of us entered into the weeping and then received the anointing of the perfume that was released.

The words, “Nothing is wasted, nothing is wasted…” were whispered through the tears and I want you to know: your pain is not wasted, your tears aren’t falling upon the ground but rather upon His feet. Not one is wasted.

Jesus wept!

He weeps with you and turns the tears and pain offered as praise into an oil that anoints His feet and fills the atmosphere with the sweetest and most costly fragrance. Because the offering out of pain is far more costly.

For those who are in a “night of weeping”—let it flow out until it intermingles with His presence where it will becomes a sacrifice of praise that fills the room. It is so beautiful.

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There is Hope for the Hurting

Kathi Pelton

Twenty years ago I went through a period where I experienced pain that went so deep that most days it was hard to breathe. Sleep was erratic and exhaustion was constant.

During that time I truly wondered if I’d survive and come out the other side. My husband and I had four small children and we were a part of a church staff, which made it even more difficult. There was no hiding it or pretending that I was fine because this pain was all-consuming. No one knew what to do (except pray) and hope was difficult to hang onto.

God was hard at work in order to set me free of deep pain and bondages that I had never dealt with. These places of bondage had been keeping me from experiencing true intimacy and joy. Of course, during this time, the enemy was trying to take full advantage of my vulnerable state as my emotions were vacillating between truth and lies numerous times a day. But greater was He who was within me than he who was trying to destroy me.

God knew what to do, and what I needed to be set free. Though there were times during those three years that it appeared to me, and to those around me, that the enemy had won; God was not finished with me! He went to the very root, where the spirit of death was residing, and set me free. In His kindness He didn’t stop short of that deep root, but layer upon layer He took me to that place so that I could partner with Him and choose life.

I’m sharing this with you because I am keenly aware of God going after every place of captivity. In His mercy He is going after the deep roots that have held people in bondage and kept them from true, pure intimacy, joy, and freedom. Though the enemy may be trying to take advantage of your vulnerability, the victory belongs to the Lord! Do not lose hope!

This is the passage of Scripture that God gave me during those years,

“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master. ’ I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips; no longer will their names be invoked. In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety. I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.” Hosea‬ ‭2:14-20‬ ‭

God took me into a wilderness where in His kindness He restored me. He removed from me the name of every “master” that held me captive and brought me into a true betrothal with Him and Him alone. In those years I learned to lean upon Him, trusting in areas that had been kept independent from Him. Dependency became my song of surrender and my declaration of freedom.

“Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved? Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth.” Song of Songs‬ ‭8:5‬ ‭

The captivity of Egypt is being removed from God’s people. Every mindset of captivity, every spiritual stronghold of captivity, every lie and every spirit that is unholy must go. This again is a part of the “rerouting” of pathways and the divine “reset” that is happening to prepare a people who are “Holy unto the Lord.” This will bring a corporate authority to heal lands and people groups, enabling us to walk in the authority needed to disciple nations.

He is your deliverer! He is the deliverer of your children! He is the victorious One who will not fail you. Put your hope in Him and lean upon Him with full surrender.

“Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.” Psalm‬ ‭3:1-8‬ ‭

Amen!

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