Do we REALLY trust Jesus with all our hearts? I believe I do….and then when something is thrown from left field….or a prayer not answered the way I would like…it thumps me upside the head and forces me to make a conscious effort to really trust Him. When life throws a curve ball it causes me to look up and ask, “Why did you let that happen Lord?” I am reminded in these moments, how little and helpless I really am without His strength to lift me back onto my feet. It forces me to get my head on straight, and I love Him even more for protecting me from what I couldn’t see. I realize I could have been plowed over by my choices or even my prayers, which would have made it even harder to get up in the end. And the beauty in all of this is that it is in the unexpected, that He draws me closer to Him.
Jesus didn’t live life on this earth without any curve balls. He had endless people throw the unexpected and undeserved at him. He himself, was not the meek Savior that walked an untouched path with perfect people alongside him. He walked and lived among imperfect people with real problems, diseases, and struggles. Sinners. The God of the Universe came down to this earth as Man, to live a life with all of the same struggles and temptations that His children face each and every day. Yet He didn’t make Himself above reproach. Instead, He came as a servant to show us how to love as the Father loves. And to trust Him deeply in ALL of life’s moments. To praise Him when life is good- but to praise Him when life is hard. To really Trust him.
This lesson in trust is not an easy one by any sense of the word. God is showing me time and again though, that He is faithful and true no matter what He allows into my life. He is in control. He spoke the world into existence and knows my today and my tomorrow. If we trust Him in all of life’s moments, He will give us insurmountable peace and joy. He will use our stories to bring glory back to Him. He wants to bless us and use our lives as a blessing to others. So for this reason, I will continue the battle to trust Him with all of my heart- believing that He will make my paths straight and use me for His purposes.
With love- April
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.