I have been waiting a long time for the Lord to answer a BIG prayer request–one of those prayers that you carry close to your heart every minute of every day. In my waiting I had cried out to God that I believed in Him but did not trust Him because my prayer was not answered swiftly or in keeping with my plan.

However, as I thought about it, I realized the problem was not that I didn’t trust God; it was that I didn’t trust THE PROCESS God was using because the path to my answer was so long and unfamiliar! In God’s grace and desire for me to know He’d heard my prayer, He gave me green marbles! Real marbles started showing up in the most unlikely places.

It started with my walking partner and friend. We walked every week, rain or shine, wrestling with the raw material of our lives, our families, kids, frustrations and dashed expectations. This was a ritual of ours, like prayer walking, pouring out our hearts to God and one another. One day she stopped in her tracks and looked me in the eye, “Do you think you’re the only one who has problems?” She stomped her foot for emphasis. Just as her shoe hit the ground, there beneath her rubber soul was a glossy green marble, winking in the morning light! A perfect green marble out of the clear blue, like a token from heaven. It spoke to our hearts and said, “See? I know the plans I have for you. You can trust me to meet you here.” Our angst turned to awe and laughter as she tucked the green marble in her pocket.

Over the course of the next few years, we discovered many more marbles, unexpected gems that filled us with wonder as God continued to speak to us. White ones. Red ones. Cerulean blue ones—even a clear crystal heart –catching us by surprise along our route. It became a game, a treasure hunt. We never knew where the next marble might turn up. Right under foot? Under a leafy plant beside the road? But we did know that our Papa God was speaking to us, inviting us to delight in the magic of extraordinary things in ordinary places. Showering us with gifts and mementos of his love in our waiting.

It’s been a while now since I’ve found a green marble, or any colored marble for that matter. But God has placed in my heart the desire to see the green marbles of his love and provision in my every day life—a chance meeting with a friend, a devotional that speaks right to my need, a glorious sunset, a full moon glistening on the water. Markers in my waiting to measure the goodness of God in the Not-Quite-Yet.

This kind of waiting has deepened my faith, enriched my journey, and enlarged my love for God in ways that only waiting on Him and with Him can do. When I look at my dish of gleaming marbles sitting on my bedroom dresser, I count God faithful to help me stay the course until all my prayers are answered. And I count these “Green Marble Moments” along my journey to trusting God to meet my every hope and need – perhaps in unexpected ways

“I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” Is. 45:3

When was your last “Green Marble Moment?”
How does looking for Green Marbles change you?
Does looking for Green Marbles change how you see God?

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