I’m just a follower of Christ who is desperately passionate about her Lord and Savior. I have a fire in my heart to live for Him and talk about Him (it’s like word vomit really) and what He’s doing in our lives. This is a way for me to “do life” with people and encourage those the way I’ve been encouraged by relating to others in experiences to let y’all know, you’re not alone in your walk! I’d call it a way to let The Lord use me, for I take no credit whatsoever in the things I say, but instead allow Him to work through me. SO, we’ll see how this goes.:) (PS- not really a writer, more of a thinker, so if my thoughts are a bit scatterbrained, #sorryboutit.)
So lately, God’s really been hammering this little thing called trust in my head. Ok, not so little. Probably one of the hugest things The Lord could beat into one’s head.
For example, the past few weeks have been pretty challenging, sacrificing things I didn’t want to sacrifice, trying to make sense of how He’s working in my life and why He’s doing what He’s doing when things already seemed so perfect. It was difficult and obviously seeds of doubt, uncertainty and worry filled my head, but then something amazing happened. I trusted Him. Fully surrendered. He knows how we hurt and how we yearn for things. Little do we know that the yearning is for Him. By placing my trust in Him and stopping to listen, He revealed to me through His word what He needs from me in this new season of life. Through Scripture He told me, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 NIV) That in itself has been the greatest blessing; to have Jesus speak to me personally, and I’m sure you all can vouch for me on that. And if you can’t that’s ok! My prayer then for you is that you can stop to listen. Listen and hear the most beautiful voice one can ever experience. Forget all the noise, forget all the distractions and dysfunctions of this world and just hear out Jesus. It’s worth it, I promise.
I suppose it makes total sense that the God of the universe who created you and loves you more than anything would want you to trust Him. And I don’t mean, “ok God I trust You, BUT…” I mean, “Lord, I have NO IDEA what You’re doing in my life, but I’m going to trust what You’re doing regardless of what’s going on.” I’m probably the first one guilty of doing option número uno so trust me, I know easier said than done, but after awhile you feel this weight on your shoulders. A weight that, guess what? You’re not meant to bear. Don’t you see friends, our Daddy CREATED us to trust Him and be wholly dependent. He created us to unload all our pain, suffering, and difficulties before Him so we don’t have to deal with it on our own anymore because He already dealt with it on the cross. Can I get an amen?;) Now that doesn’t mean the pain and suffering goes away and everything is all peaches and daisies. Jesus never told us the road with Him would be easy, but He did promise Himself to walk it with us.
Trials come in all shapes and sizes. They beat us down and make us feel discouraged. We wear ourselves out thinking about all the possible scenarios of the outcome and run ourselves ragged until the enemy swoops in to get just what he came after us for. Then there comes a point where we must decide that enough is enough. Time and time again I’m sure God has given us signs of His constant presence, but we get so wrapped up in the enemy’s plot we fail to see it until much later, if at all. The Lord is probably face palming like, “HELLO DO YOU SEE ME NOW????” Ok, maybe not, who knows, but that’s a rather amusing visual isn’t it? See, the thing is, amidst the adversity trust is ever so crucial, but as humans we tend to lose sight of the big picture. We get focused and hone in on the situation at hand. We’re all human, we all do it. The real question is, how do I get through it? Not to sound cliché or Sunday school teacher-ish, but Jesus is indeed the answer! I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes the fundamentals need to be refreshed since on occasion they get muddled over time. When in doubt, the answer is Jesus (I always tell my preschoolers that anyways:)). But what about Jesus gets us through these hard times? In Revelation Jesus speaks to John and says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:13 NIV). The impact of reassurance that that verse has is absolutely mind blowing. My brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus is telling us that HE is the first and the last and that HE is the beginning and the end. This means that He knew what you would be dealing with before it happened, He knows what you’re dealing with now, and He knows the outcome of what you’re dealing with! Not only that, God has repeatedly told us in scripture that He works for our good:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”(Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
“For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”” (Acts 18:10 NIV)
We have a God that is constantly by our side, friends. Really and truly we do. Now that we’ve accepted through hardship that we can fully trust in Christ, we can better start to see things through His eyes. He begins to reveal to us His plan for us all along since I mean, He knows EVERYTHING. We can begin to realize that the pain and suffering is all part of our good. It produces faithfulness, perseverance, and a dependence on our Lord. All He wants is for us to turn to Him and when we don’t, it breaks His heart. When He takes everything away, we realize that He’s all we need because God is creating in us something bigger than ourselves. Our situation transforms into something greater than what we could’ve ever imagined. By human nature when we first encountered our trial at hand it was everything to us, we thought “this is never going to get better” or my personal favorite, “this sucks. A lot….” But then by trusting Jesus we see that there’s so much more depth to the situation than we originally thought. That this whole time it was a plan. Masterfully crafted by the One who knows us and loves us more than anyone else. He knew the devil was going to try to get us down in the process, and He knew how the devil would try. Personally, I don’t even understand why Satan tries because guess what? He’s already lost and God along with all His people (that’s us guys!!!!) have already prevailed.
So friends, if you’re in the face of adversity start looking into the face of Jesus. My hope and my prayer for you all is that you can take your circumstance and just take the time to praise God for it and TRUST Him. You don’t know why, and you don’t know how, but just do it. Trust that He will carry you through it all. He’s already carried the burden, you just need to lay it down. Lay it down knowing that He has everything under control, taken care of, and finished. He’s eternally working for our good, don’t forget it!