I was nine years old when I walked down the aisle and declared Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I loved God with all my heart and would spend hours reading my Bible. Knowing I was already a bit of a worrywart,I claimed Philippians 4:6 “Do not worry about anything, but instead pray about everything” as my favorite verse. And yet, it wasn’t until many years later that I truly began to understand what it was to place my life in God’s hands.
My early faith life consisted of saying I trusted the Lord, but still trying to control everything myself. My prayers consisted mostly of requests for my plans to succeed. At some point, however, I came to the realization that all my best-laid plans weren’t working out too well. Some just didn’t happen, and others were complete disasters.
When I came to the end of myself, I realized I had to let go and let God direct the show. I had to trust that, even when things weren’t going my way, that didn’t mean he had abandoned me. It meant he had a bigger purpose for the way things were working out. Perhaps God had something better in store, or he wanted to teach me something from the situation. Often, he needed me to see that it wasn’t all about me; there were others to consider as well. The biggest lesson God wanted me to learn, though, was just to trust him – in good times, in bad times – ALL the time.
When life is confusing and circumstances are difficult, that is when we need our faith the most. Even when Jesus was at his lowest moment, knowing he would soon be crucified, he wept at his circumstances, but was still willing to surrender His will to the Father’s. He knew about the pain that was coming, but he also knew the Resurrection would follow.Don’t worry about anything, but instead pray about everything.God’s got this, no matter how things turn out.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” – Ephesians 3:17