But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” John 5:17 (NLT)
Back when I first started cooking, I used recipes. I am not a chef. It took me years to feel comfortable to create my own recipes or to alter the recipes I saw. I would read the recipe and follow it religiously afraid that if I didn't, I would mess up the meal.
One thing that always made me chuckle was the word "Meanwhile." Inevitably, the recipe would tell you to do something and then say "Meanwhile." I always thought "Are you kidding me? What do you mean "Meanwhile?" I am not that talented!"
Fast forward many years to yesterday. Yesterday afternoon was rather hectic. I was working in my home office. I had someone coming later in the day to take some pictures for a project. After that, we were having a group over and I was providing dinner. Talk about the perfect storm. As I was juggling all this stuff the word "Meanwhile" kept popping into my head.
Race back and forth from the office to the kitchen to check the dinner; meanwhile put on clothes for the photo shoot. There it was again. Meanwhile. This was too much juggling. I am not God.
God can do all that. The Bible tells us he is always working. He is involved in each and every one of our lives with such intricacy there is no way we could possibly understand it. God lives "Meanwhile."
I can't fathom how he does that but I am really glad he does. While he's touching my friend in California, a family member in Europe and the loved one of a friend in India, he is also touching me. Do you know what that means? I can race back and forth from the office to the kitchen, meanwhile giving it to God and letting it go.
The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)