In the darkest hours of the night, His tread draws near across the billows (Matt 14:25). As the day of execution is breaking, the angel comes to Peter's cell (Acts 12:7) When the scaffolding for Mordecai is complete, the royal sleeplessness leads to reaction in favor of the favored race (Esther 6).
Ah, soul it may have to come to the worst with thee before thou art delivered! God may keep thee waiting, but He will be ever mindful of His covenant, and will appear to fulfill His inviolable Word. ~ F.B. Meyer
There is simplicity about God in working out His plans, yet a resourcefulness equal to any difficulty, and an unswerving faithfulness to His trusting child, and an unforgetting steadiness to His purpose. Through a fellow-prisoner, then a dream, He lifts Joseph from a prison to a premiership. And the length of the stay in prison prevents dizziness in the premier. It is safe to trust God's methods and go by His clock. ~S.D. Gordon
Providence hath a thousand sundry doors for the deliverance of His own, when it is even come to a desperate case. Let us be faithful; and care for our own part which is to suffer for Him, and lay Christ's part on Himself, and leave it there. ~ George McDonald.
Difficulty is the very atmosphere of miracle - it is miracle in the first stage. If it is to be a great miracle, the condition is not difficulty but impossibility.
The clinging hand of His child makes a desperate situation a delight to Him.
~Streams in the Desert
In reading the above I couldn't help think of this photo I had taken. Sometimes all we can see is what we are wading through at present, and forget to raise our eyes to what lies in front of us, and remember Who the God of that great expanse of ocean is, the One Who knows if even a sparrow falls to the ground. He commands the proud waves and sets their boundaries for them, (Job 38:11) can He not also direct and glorify Himself in our situation, which seemeth right to Him to allow? (I Sam. 3:18b)
Lord...it is good, very good for me to remember always, how much I need You, and how Great you are. There is no better place for me to be then helpless before my God, for that has always been the place of greatest blessing in my life. You've never missed an appointment with me when I have found myself there, and we both have been nothing more at that time than who we really are...dust, and the Creator.