Have you heard of the ‘Elf on the Shelf?’ The idea is that the Elf sits on a shelf in the daytime but then overnight he is moved to somewhere unusual and unexpected (often doing something funny). Children then wake up in the morning and are amazed at what the Elf has got up to.
There have been some ingenious pictures shared by my friends who have an Elf, but my favourite pic so far is this one I found on the internet of him meeting Elsa from Frozen. As you can see, it doesn’t go so well for the Elf! (Picture source: Amy Radigan @aimlizkristina).
As I thought about the ‘Elf on the Shelf’, it got me thinking about what God is up to that we don’t notice. The children only see the Elf at the end of his night’s adventures and often we only see what God is doing when he has finished or brought about a particular result. Sometimes it feels like God is doing nothing in the situations we are facing (like he is sitting on a shelf somewhere) but the Bible encourages that he is constantly at work and that we need to have faith in him.
What is God up to when you aren’t looking?
Why not ask God to show you and then take some time to listen and to see what he says.
God is most definitely not just sat on a shelf somewhere, he is always at work doing the unexpected.