A Baby’s Trust

There’s this magic that comes over a person’s heart while they watch an infant.  Seeing them move, listening to their coos and giggles. When you get beyond just the simplicity of their joy, I begin to wonder “what is their little mind thinking about?” It’s really rare when my mind is drawing a blank and I’m not actively thinking about something. There is no way to know what they may be thinking about. They have no worries, no concerns about their future and what is going to happen to them.

 

The babies aren’t thinking and trying to figure out how they’re going to pay the bills, what they’re going to eat the next meal, if they have enough clothes, if they’ll stay warm enough through the winter, if they are making the wisest choice…they trust in their caretaker.  They are happy and content in just playing and entertaining the adults around them. 

 

In this same way, we as adults should long for this same level of trust in our Heavenly Father. As I rocked the infant to sleep yesterday I was struck with how trusting they are.  They fall asleep, curled in the warmth of our arms knowing they are safe and protected. Provided for and loved.  Then I jumped to a different picture…the picture of Christ lovingly holding us in His arms, protecting us from the world’s dangers, caring for our every need. Matthew 6 talks about this: “25Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (NKJV)

Look at the creation around you, everything exists because He made it. He gave everything order and nothing, not the smallest flower, bird, field, animal, etc. goes on without Him taking care and providing for it.  When you think of yourself as an infant…totally dependent on a loving Father (God the Father) to provide your every care…it allows me to rest easier, knowing I don’t need to concern myself with that.

God delights in watching us, like a parent who watches their child! He loves spending time with us, loves talking with us, and loves watching our faces break into smile because we’ve recognized the beauty of His creation. All these things are proof of His love for us.  Don’t forget, He is our Father…and will therefore correct us if we err in judgment, but it’s a deep abiding love that makes Him bring us into His arms and curbs our wrong decisions. 

So, the next time you start worrying about where the money is going to come from, which job is the better option, if you should further your education, who your spouse should be, what you’re going to eat at the next meal, if your friends really love you, or one more of the thousands of worries that we allow ourselves to fall prey too…just think of yourself as an infant sleeping in your Heavenly Father’s arms. For me…I’ll just be really honest, sometimes it works better than others. And that’s okay…it’s a process, and Christ will be with you every step of the way. It’s learning to trust more, learning to depend on God. When facing a boat-load of worries, here’s what I do…pray, write them out (I promise, most times when you see them written out…they’re not as intimidating or overwhelming), meditate on how God answered your life’s “dilemmas” before, how He has miraculously provided for you, count your blessings and listen to some uplifting music!! Also, it helps to have a friend with whom you can share your concerns with…also, remember perspective!

There’s this song I heard recently talking about how every storm runs out of rain (by Gary Allen) …here are some of the lyrics:

So you’re standing in the middle of a thunder and lighting. And I know you’re feeling like you just can’t win but you’re trying. It’s hard to keep on keepin’ on when you’re bein pushed around. Don’t even know which way is up, you just keep spinning down around and down.

Every storm runs, runs out of rain. Just like every dark night turns into day. Every heartache will fade away, just like every storm runs, runs out of rain.

It’s true. Psalm 30:5 says “For his anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (NKJV) Keep pressing on, don’t give up in the hard places…I promise, the view is ALWAYS better after the storm!! Don’t let worries drown you, place your cares in the Father’s hands. He’s waiting to help you, waiting to do miraculous things to ease your mind.

 

I’ve had a dear friend, with whom you can share anything with and they would almost always ease my mind and draw my focus back to what God was doing.  That’s the key…look big picture. Right now it may not make a whole lot of sense, but that’s okay. Someday, you’ll look back and it’ll make more than enough sense!! Remember…a baby’s trust, that child-like faith…is what we all should aspire to have!

 

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It’ll All Work Out

While doing my devotions just now and reading a book by John Eldredge (“Epic”) earlier today…I was once again struck with the amazing truth that our life is really a story in the making. When people say that the Author is really writing…they’re not kidding! Our lives are full of chapters, a good plot, perfect climaxes and disappointing twists…but yet somehow they’ll end with a “happily ever after”. The way I decide this…if you are a believer in Christ, your happy ending is already written. All that’s missing is the awesome story in the “in between” the ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Happily Ever After’…anyway…
In my devotions, Psalm 121, said “The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” (NKJV) and I took a moment to thank God that even if I don’t know what’s going to be written on the in between…He does. I promise you all, God is the MASTER Writer and He will not let our stories fall apart. It may not always seem like we know what the plan is…but that’s okay. God will illuminate our pathway as we seek His face. Just like Psalm 37:4-5 says. Delighting in the Lord brings about our heart’s desires AND committing ourselves to God…it brings them to pass. God cares about us, He loves showing us it’s okay to trust Him, that it’s okay to let go and let Him handle all the details. 
It’s harder than most things I can imagine doing…especially when we think “I can write this part of my story!” But the moment we pick up the pen and start messing with His creation, His book of our life…that’s when things go from bad to worse!! As long as we leave the pen in His trustworthy, steady and secure Hand, everything is going to work out!! Or as a cashier once told my family, as he continually rang things up wrong “It’ll all work out in the end. It’ll all work out. Don’t worry. It’ll all work out.” Somehow those words have stuck in my brain for YEARS!!! But there’s a truth in those words. When we’re trusting in God, not ourselves…He has our ending already finished. The battle is won, the victory is ours…the happily ever after is ours for the taking IF we trust Him to guide us down the pathway and lead us to the still waters!! 

Waiting for God’s Best

I remember a few years ago wondering how on earth it was possible to ‘know’ when you’d found that one person with whom you were supposed to spend the rest of your life with.  There are so many good men and women out there, how did you find the one God had created for you!? Since wondering…I’ve learned.  Almost 2 years ago I experienced that awesome God-moment when your life forever changes for the better. Don’t ask how…because it’s different for everyone, but in that moment you just know that God’s given you a gift of unspeakable worth. 

 

Yesterday morning, I was reading (a favorite hobby of mine).  The book “On a Whim” by Robin Jones Gunn, and side note…her books are amazing and I love how she includes a lot of spiritual truths and excellent principles in amazing stories. Anyway, in the last few months I’ve been asked so many times by many different females how you know, and if there’s such a thing as ‘knowing’.  First…I don’t think you can find this person on your own…I promise, it takes an act of God to orchestrate these divine meetings!! Second…it’s not “at first sight” for everyone, but it doesn’t have to take a long time either.  Finding someone has nothing to do with looks, the best relationships are built on mutual friendship.  My prayer has been for years “Lord, I want to marry my best friend.” The natural step of me living in faith was to be friends with everyone I met.  Knowing someday, one of those friendships would turn into something stronger, deeper…and last for my lifetime.

 

Growing up, my family talked a lot about the kinds of people we’d want to marry…my sister and I made lists and let me promise you…these are pretty long lists!! J Beyond making a “wish-list” (if you want to call it that)…however, I never thought I’d be able to get someone of such great character if I myself didn’t strive to be that kind of person.   So my list was a double for me, and I’ll start by saying…I don’t come close to matching that  “wish-list” person perfectly…but I work daily to become more of a godly woman.  So…with this list in hand, I went through many years meeting people and admiring many qualities of the men I’d meet but never finding one that stuck.  It was too easy to disqualify them. (As horrible as that sounds…they’re all great guys and I’m friends with many of them still…but they weren’t the ones God was preparing just for me) The dangerous part about having a list is when you find someone that hits all but a couple, and they’re working on those couple…it makes you stop dead in your tracks and think “Where have you been all my life!?” J

 

Back to the book…and ½ of the whole reason for this blog post!! HAHA!!! J I’d been thinking a LOT about ‘knowing’ lately because that seems to be the popular question “How do you know”, “how do you know he’s the one”, “what makes him best?”…all good questions. As I was reading yesterday I felt God reaffirming my belief that sometimes you can’t word it just so to make everyone on earth happy but in your heart you just know. Here’s the excerpt I pulled from the book…it’s a conversation between Katie and Christy—two lifelong friends…Katie starts the conversation…

 

“How do you know when you’re really in love? Or maybe I should ask how or when do you know you’re with the guy you’re going to be with ‘forever’?”…

 

“It’s not like there’s a chart, and you can check off the required number of days you’re together, and then on a certain day you know. It’s different for every couple.  You need time and enough experiences together to be settled in your own spirit.”

 

Katie pulled the ponytail holder from her hair and gave her head a shake. “Well, at least you didn’t give me that ‘when you know, you know’ line I’ve heard from other women.”

 

“That line is true. Even though not every woman ‘knows’ in the same way. I think if you’re going along like you have for a while, just putting one foot in front of the other, moving forward. Then suddenly you take a step, and the path looks different. There’s more light or something. And that’s when you just know you’re on the right path with this guy. No matter how any obstacles are ahead, you know you’re supposed to keep going. It’s like the first step into the forever part of your future, but you wouldn’t have gotten to that one decisive step without taking all the other steps.” (p. 22-23) ON A WHIM by Robin Jones Gunn

 

Wow…my mind was blown away with how perfectly that was described. When we are living our life, serving God and NOT focused on finding the one (because that’s where a lot of people get stuck…it’s only when you come to a place of surrender that God will be sending that person into your life!) that that person comes waltzing into your life. When we’re on track for Christ, He will make the path clear of where you’re supposed to go. He has divine appointment after divine appointment, times in your life when all you can do is look as say “I couldn’t have ever done that” and you just KNOW that God orchestrated it all. And when I can look back and clearly see, I never could have arranged such  a blending of lives, it makes it all the more clear in my head and heart.

 

My favorite part of the excerpt from the book is where Christy says “you just know you’re on the right path with this guy. No matter how many obstacles are ahead, you know you’re supposed to keep going. It’s like the first step into the forever part of your future…” God is good. Once you come to the place of complete surrender, God will start showing you things you hadn’t seen before…maybe the persono you’re supposed to marry, maybe that major for school, maybe what job you’re supposed to take, what house to buy…but once you surrender and see God’s plan…there is no going back.  When we establish what His will is…it doesn’t matter how hard it gets, how rough or rocky the road may become, doesn’t matter what storms you have to go through. It’s called commitment and it’s when you put your backs together and fight your way through the storms. There’s a song I heard recently…about how storms always run out of rain…and it’s true, life has it’s moments of storms, but there is always a break in the clouds. The sun is just beyond the last raindrop…the rainbow is soon to follow.  We’d never have the good without the “bad”.  Trust me, I’m not saying in the storms, in the dark, in the quiet it’s easy…but it’s worth it. The waiting is always worth it. A quote and then I’m finished…I had a dear, dear friend text me the other day and this is what she said in regards to waiting “When you haven’t done something a long time, it makes it so much more special.” It’s very true…it’s learning to appreciate life’s gifts at the present. For the present is exactly that a PRESENT…enjoy it while you’re in the moment!! Life is a gift, one of the greatest gifts God gives us is that best friend. (I’ll encourage you….don’t put that friend above your relationship with God…but that friend is still very important!) God is good, He will not abandon you. It’s just about taking the steps of faith, in the dark right now…knowing someday soon, God will light the path and it will all make sense. 

The Hope of the Future

So I’m finding as we sit and wait to see who our next president will be…I find myself wondering “What will the future look like?”, “What will the world look like if _____ gets the presidency”, “Is the world going to fall apart?” My mind spins off in a thousand different directions at that point…and I smile at myself occasionally. 🙂 

In the midst of the counting of votes, my family takes a break and curls up in the back bedroom and we read the Bible and sing. Let me tell you, Psalm 27 has some amazing stuff in there!! I decided tonight, it’s my favorite Psalm probably and I know for a fact it’s where I turn when it seems my world is coming apart at the seams. God cares, He’s watching out for me and as I seek and wait on Him, He will only bless us and take care of us. As there are so many questions about my future: future husband, future job, future of my (our) country…it’s nice to be able to rest in the knowledge that God already knows and will take care of His people accordingly. 

Another thought, singing “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”. That’s comforting too. I’m not saying I’m a hymn only person because I LOVE many genres of music…but there’s some deep truths in those lyrics. 

  1. ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just to take Him at His Word;
    Just to rest upon His promise,
    And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
  • Refrain:
    Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
    How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;

    Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
    Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
  1. Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just to trust His cleansing blood;
    And in simple faith to plunge me
    ’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
  2. Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just from sin and self to cease;
    Just from Jesus simply taking
    Life and rest, and joy and peace.
  3. I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
    Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
    And I know that Thou art with me,
    Wilt be with me to the end.

Wilt be with me to the end…no matter what the future holds, I know Jesus is going to be walking step by step…beside me all the way!! Or as another song says…”Me and Jesus make quite a pair, hanging together everywhere, He brings out the very best in me…we’re buddies all through eternity!” 😀 Jesus has my back…and that’s enough to know I don’t really need to worry about my future.