Trusting God has been an ongoing journey for me throughout my life. Just when I think I’ve reached the epitome of understanding what it means to put my trust in Him, I’m shown another facet of what trust really looks like.
Being a natural planner, I love to know what’s going to happen. I like to have things written out all pretty in my agenda so that I can reference it later, and prepare for the future to the best of my ability. But in real life, you can’t plan for everything. Even if you do plan for things, life doesn’t always go as planned. This used to terrify me. But I’m learning that there is joy in the unknown. There is something beautiful in the way that God works things out in our lives, often in a mysterious way that we cannot even begin to understand. His ways and His plans are far better than anything we could dream of or plan for ourselves.
Walking out that trust thing in our day-to-day lives can still be a challenge though. We say we trust God, and we know that we should…but do we really? In the practical way that we walk through our days, do we trust Him?
My husband, Jonathan, and I were praying together the other night and something he prayed really stuck with me. He said, “God, may the moments of stress in our lives be signals for us to put our trust in You.”
Ever since he said that, it has popped into my head during moments of stress. When I find myself worrying or getting overwhelmed, I see that as a cue to pause for a moment and verbally say, “God, I trust you with this.” And instead of that moment of stress piling onto other moments of stress, I feel it lifted and am filled with peace, knowing that God is completely trustworthy. But then I have to choose to not worry about that thing anymore, because that would be as though I was snatching that thing back out of His hands. I have to choose to trust Him, give him the things I’m stressing over, and leave those things in His hands. He is such a good Daddy, and He has amazing things in store. For me, and for you.
The next time you find yourself overwhelmed, allow that stress to be the signal to trust God.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
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