Posts Tagged: trust

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This weekend, I took my puppy camping for the first time. I dragged him onto a noisy, bumpy mini-bus, and made him hide under a seat for an hour and a half, shaking in fear for a good part of the ride.  All of that only to end up somewhere he’s never been before, with people he didn’t know.  I worried that he would freak out when he saw the tent and refuse to go in it. Or maybe he’d walk all over me all night or bark at every tiny sound.  What happened?  I learned more about God.

God is to me as I am to my puppy.  Sometimes He asks me, “Wanna go on an adventure?!?”  Like my puppy, I bounce up and down and express my utter joy at a new adventure!  But then God tells me to go somewhere noisy, dirty, uncomfortable and scary, and to stay there for much longer than I ever would want. What do I do? Complain, whine, whimper, grumble, and come up with a lot of reasons why God must be implementing the wrong plan.  This can’t be right! It’s uncomfortable and scary, so it can’t be the right thing.  What does my dog do? He looks at me with his big puppy eyes and says, “I’m really scared, but you’re still here and I trust you.” 

We get to our camp site, and the puppy frolics around, thrilled to be out of the bus.  He’s come on this adventure with me, never wondering if he’d have food or shelter for the night.  He just trusts that I will have supper for him when his tummy growls enough, just as I should be with God.*  God will always provide for me, and He will not take me somewhere that is not good for me.  If I really know Him, I can trust His character just as my puppy trusts me.

When it comes time to settle in for the night, I’m a little worried that it’s not going to work very well.  My dog has never even seen a tent.  When I open up the tent and beckon him in, he climbs right in, turns around once, lays down, sighs, and passes out in blissful puppy-sleep.  It really made me happy, because in that quick moment he said, “Wherever you are, I’m safe.  Wherever you go is Home.”

I will lie down and sleep in peace,
    for you alone, O Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

~ Psalm 4:8 


*Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
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My step mom had a pretty major surgery today, and it only struck me after the fact that I never worried about her.  At first, I felt a sort of bad that I “should have” worried, but didn’t.  But that’s a lie. 

wor·ry/ˈwərē/

Verb:Give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.

Noun:A state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.

Worry says, “God, I don’t really trust You to take care of the situation, so I’m going to put my energy into anxiety instead of using it to ask You for help.” Worrying is futile.  Can any of you, by worrying, add a single hour to your life? (Matt 16:27)

Prayer is the antithesis of worry.  Prayer is powerful and effective.  Prayer puts your burdens onto God instead of you.  Prayer says, “This one’s all Yours, God. I trust You.”  Prayer lets you be free from worry and bank on real hope instead.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

-Romans 12:12

Source: biblegateway.com
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"Blessed is she who has believe that what He has said to her will be accomplished."

~Luke 1:45

About 5 years ago, I was leading a girl’s small group, and this verse hit me like a ton of bricks.  I had a pretty big crush at the time and this was just the confirmation I needed to know that he was The One.  (Spoiler Alert: He wasn’t.) 

Seven years ago, I was fundraising for my future work with the Navigators, and I had a bizarre experience.  While I was meeting with people to ask for support, three different men (two pastors and a strong spiritual leader) told me essentially the same thing: “You know He has someone special picked out for you, right?”

In my impatience, I began looking around every corner for this man of whom they had spoken.  Hence the major crush a few years later, and some serious confusion following it.  “But hadn’t God said…?”

This morning I finally got it.  It wasn’t meant to confirm that I should be interested in an unbeliever.  It was meant to remind me to stay the course.  To trust the Lord to chose the right person at the right time for the right reasons.  Blessed is the girl who puts her love life completely in God’s hands.