Psalm 90:16-17 (NIV), “May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands.”
There are three things from this passage in Psalm 90 that I beg God for: (1) Let me see…. (2) Let me show…(3) Let me do. Just like it says in Psalm 90:16, “May your deeds be shown to your servants.” I want to see all of the miracles that God is doing. I want my eyes to be opened to what He sees. In the world of foster care (and life in general), it becomes easy to see only the hopelessness, the brokenness, the problems, and the impossibilities. I see what is right in front of me. I see a list of children who still do not have a foster home for tonight. I see a child who is confused and hurt by “visits” that may or may not happen. I see children who are grasping for stability and attachments. I see a child whose brain is literally etched with the lines of trauma and daily tasks such as sitting or focusing are an impossibility. I see a child who may be moved from “safe” to uncertainty. Instead, here is what I pray that God will show me: “May Your deeds be shown to your servant.” (Psalm 90:16). God is at work all of the time! God is victorious all of the time. God has authority over all things all. of. the. time. He has not stopped working. So what I pray is that my eyes would be opened to all that He is doing. I ask to see His miracles daily. I ask to see where He is moving in the past, present and future.
The second thing I beg God for when I read Psalm 90:16-17, is this: (2) Let me show. “May Your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children." When I am living in the perspective of rejoicing in all that God is doing, not only will I see the amazing things God is doing, but I will then live to show others. When I step out of living in the hopelessness right in front of me and move into the joy of seeing what God actually doing right in front of me — I can share those miracles, those testimonies, those stories, and the hope with others. I want my children to know God is a present, miraculous, and powerful God. And I want these children in foster care to know that God is working on their behalf. He has not forgotten them. When I let God show me His deeds, then His miracles can be shared and shared again and shared again for generations.
So this we ask God: (1) Let me see God’s deeds, (2) Let me show God’s deeds, and only then do I jump in to do His work…(3) Let me do. As the rest of Psalms 90:16-17 says, “May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands.” I pray that Joy Meadows would do the work that God has established for us to do. If we stop and celebrate all that God is doing and live in that victory, then we can see what He is doing and follow His lead. Daily we ask that the presence of the Lord would rest upon us, and that He would determine the work for our hands to do.
Lord, we do not want to create agendas just to be busy or implement contrived programs, but we want to walk in obedience. Let each of us do the work you have established for our hands to do so that we can celebrate your miraculous deeds and impact generations of children. Let us see, let us show, and let us do.
-Sarah Oberndorfer, foster mom, Co-Founder & Chair of Board of Joy Meadows, Inc.