The "Fat Lady" Has Nothing to Do With It

I'm sure that you have heard the saying often attributed to Casey Stengel "It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings."  The truth of the matter is that nothing is ever over until God says it is.  Before we even know the full truth of any situation, we must see it from God's perspective.  Most of us view our circumstances from the inside out. When we look around us all we see is the situation in which we find ourselves.  However, if we could get the view of God, who sees the end and the beginning at the same time, we would have a different slant altogether.  I have found that when I embrace the idea that God is in control then I can relax until He gives me an assignment.  Once I have a clear assignment from Him then I can focus on that and leave the results to Him.
Scripture gives us story after story where reality was different from what people in the story thought.  When Jesus was asleep in the boat in the midst of a storm, the disciples THOUGHT they were perishing.  The REALITY was that they were about to learn something about the Man whom they were following and about faith.  When word came to Jesus and the disciples that Lazarus was sick, the sisters of Lazarus THOUGHT that Jesus was come and heal him.  The REALITY was that Lazarus would die, be buried and then resurrected by Jesus.  After Elijah had the victorious encounter with the prophets of Baal, he THOUGHT that he was in imminent danger and that he was the only God-follower around.  The REALITY was that God still had 7,000 men who had not bowed down to Baal, and also had a plan to protect Elijah from Jezebel.
Before you panic because of what seems to be out of control, ask God to give you a glimpse of REALITY. In 1 Kings 6 it appeared that Elisha and his servant SEEMED to be surrounded by a vast army bent on killing them.  However, as Elisha told his servant, and as the servant saw when Elisha prayed that his eyes would be opened, they were protected by an army of fiery chariots and horses.  Once again, REALITY was what God said, not what the circumstances seemed.
So the next time you seem to been buried under the circumstances of life, ask God to show you the REALITY and trust Him for the results.  Give the "Fat Lady" the day off.


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