God is an Iceberg

My husband and I have been reminding each other throughout the year that God is like an iceberg.

We see only a tiny tip projecting out of the water. The vast remainder of the giant piece of ice lies hidden under dark water.

That underwater part is where the Lord does most of His work.

Unseen. Mysterious.

Is it there at all? Or have I simply imagined the size and shape of God’s activity?

What our physical eyes see is perhaps an infinitesimal part of God’s activity.

I think that may be the case when it comes to the work we accomplish on earth.

  • There are people I’ve been praying for… for years. And yet I see no result.
  • Prayers for the success of my work. Slow results.
  • Prayers for nations. Prayers for our leaders.
  • Prayers for healing.
  • Prayers that my works in ministry will help transform others.

What my eyes see could bring discouragement. Is God doing anything at all to answer these prayers and to change lives?

Every day I have to choose to put on my spiritual “eyes” and trust that God is accomplishing great things. Because I get so sad when I see terrible things occurring in the world. It seems like the forces of evil win over the forces of good.

But, like the iceberg, God is moving, doing wondrous things according to His sovereignty, and moved by the prayers of His children.

But underneath. In a realm that I cannot see.

There are times that I want to scream, “Let me see what You are doing, Lord!”

I am like the servant of Elisha (2 Kings 7) who looks up and sees thousands of enemies surrounding the city. I cry out, just like he did, “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?”

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet (Elisha) answered. “those who are with us are more than those who are with them.

And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

In spite of how circumstances appear, trust that God is accomplishing marvelous things. Even when it may be happening at the bottom of the iceberg.



2 thoughts on “God is an Iceberg”

  1. Hi Dena,

    Great analogy. I often think of Daniel waiting for an answer to his prayers, unaware of the battle going on in the heavenlies. God is working behind the scenes, and the answer is so worth the wait.

    Susan 🙂

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