Welcome to womens online Bible study as we study week two of Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg. Our focus this week has been on how life unravels and discovering the great I AM in the midst of trouble. I was delighted to study this lesson after a tough week and two family funerals! When faced with our own “Job Moment” we really have two options: 1) throw yourself a pity party or 2) lean in to Jesus. Margaret Feinberg offers us this truth: “God listens to our stinging words, embraces our frail hearts, and meets us where we are.”
He certainly met me one month ago today when I learned my Aunt Pat died! After the initial shock of the phone call, my husband and children heard me repeat the “why” question. “Why didn’t you tell me she was going to die, so I could pray for her?’ I’m certain I repeated this at least ten times, because my husband gently told my children “Mom is not mad at God. She’s just asking Him why this happened.” I then explained to my husband and children that on several occasions, the Lord revealed to me someone who was going to die and I prayed. The person either died the same day or 3 weeks later. So when He did not reveal to me that my aunt would die, I asked Him the why question that would eventually heal me.
You see, after I waited long enough to hear God answer in my heart, I understood why. He did not reveal her death to me ahead of time because Jesus was praying for her.
I never angered and my question was answered in love. Immediate peace washed over me as I understood and acknowledged His will, not mine. In fact, later I realize that I was sitting in pride…who am I to insist on an opportunity to pray, when my prayer was not necessary or called for by God. Ouch!
Have you examined your own “why” questions this week? I’d enjoy sitting in a room with you and listening to your stories. What did you discover when God answered, or are you still waiting patiently for His response? Did you ask Him in a confrontational manner, or with love? Did you have a Holy Expectation to your question, or were you judging His will?
When you’re busy having a pity party, you miss the glory of the King. His wonder is dulled by your own reflection. isn’t it time to clean the mirror? How do we do this? Through worship and Bible study! “When life unravels, we must come to terms with the loss or pain in order to move forward with life and with God,” writes Margaret Feinberg.
Take time this week and look at your own catastrophic events of the past 12 months. Did you walk through the stages of grief Margaret mentions on page 35, or do you still have some work to do?
Are you receptive to the wonder of God…or is your vision clouded? Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal this to you. Share your thoughts in small groups or privately with your small group leader. You can also message me when you click here.
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For Next Week
- Read Week Three in your book.
- Listen to Video Session Three (optional due to cost)
- Check in with your Small Group for prayer requests and fellowship
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Do you tend to focus on the Why or the Who in the midst of life’s challenges? (page 37 )
- What does it look like for you to pursue God in the moments when life unravels? Describe the scene. (page 37 )
- In the past week, when have you been reminded of God’s presence in your life? (page 49 )
- When is the last time you encountered something in nature that nurtured your desire or appreciation for God? (page 53 )