Talk It Out

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Talk it out. 
 
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:3)
 
Habakkuk, a prophet, initiated this conversation with the Lord out of desperation. Not of wanting something or wanting needs met, but because of frustration. He was frustrated with the way people in the world were acting and his feelings of God being “quiet” in dealing with them. 
 
Is it just me, or does this sound a little familiar? I mean, how many times in the past year have you called out to the Lord: “Do you see what these people are doing down here?!” 
 
We are confused, frustrated, angry, overwhelmed and unsure… and the only thing we can do is talk it out. When Jonah was frustrated with his view of God’s handling of His people, he ran. Ran away from the Lord and the work that needed to be done. However, we learn that Habakkuk leaned right in. He prayed and listened. And God answered. 
 
I love the opportunities we have to communicate. If we have learned anything during this pandemic, it is to celebrate all the ways we can communicate. We can call, FaceTime, text, direct message, email, video chat, Zoom, or wave from the lawn to the porch. We may be exhausted from the masks, isolation, lack of hugs and what people are doing around us. But, even still, we have lots of ways to talk it out.
 
The person you run to may be on the phone or 6 feet away on the porch, but they are there. And God? He’s not held to CDC guidelines… so go ahead and give Him a shout. He’s ready. 
 
Journal Prompt: God is in the business of changing hearts. I pray that God changes the heart of ______________.
 
 By Carrie Peterson
 
Carrie is happiest with her people and a pen in hand!  

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