I don’t know about you, but when storm clouds roll in, my default is not trust.
This isn’t my automatic response.
When something really bad or unexpected hits, my mind all-too-easily careens into the unknown future, imagining awful scenarios that haven’t even occurred yet until I’m spinning into a black hole of devastation.
What happened to standing firm?
What happened to clinging to the God who is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow – despite the circumstances of the moment?
The God who is never surprised or caught off guard. The God who knows all, including every sparrow that falls to the ground and every hair that is on our heads.
Do I trust THAT God, despite this (whatever this may be)?
It’s a question I had to ask myself last Friday, when my world went topsy-turvy.
Ryan and I were enjoying our first date night in a long, long time when I received a text from a dear friend and fellow adoptive mom. The kind of text that knocks the wind right out of you–news that because of a governmental shutdown, we might not be able to bring our daughter home for another 12 months.
And here I had been hoping and praying for early spring (in my more realistic moments), if not Christmas (in my bolder ones).
What started off as a wonderful date night turned into one of those dark nights of the soul.
The whole Congo adoption community was spinning into that black hole of the unknown, myself included.
Two of my comrades, moms who are also adopting from Congo, started firing off Scripture references to one another as we were private messaging on Facebook. In the midst of our fear and worry….these two women drew their swords.
They stood firm.
So what if their knees were shaking and their hearts breaking, they drew their SWORD.
And it was like I could breathe again.
1 Samuel 1:27
I drank it all in like a woman parched unto death. I gulped down every single word in these verses until I could remember what was true.
Hebrews 10:22-23 says…
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and the full assurance that faith brings….Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is FAITHFUL.
In the amplified version, this concept of “full assurance” expands into “the leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness“.
Take a second and let that sink in.
Exodus 14:13-14 says…
But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today….The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
In the amplified version, “standing still” isn’t just standing still, it’s standing firmly, confidently, and without dismay. And added to the phrase “Just stay calm” are commands to “hold your peace and remain at rest.”
Hold your peace.
Remain at rest.
This is what God is calling me to. This is what He is trying to teach me.
Trust Him. Trust Him. Trust Him.
It’s time to change my default setting.
Crisis –> Worry
Crisis –> Steadfast trust in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
I want to be unflappable.
Because though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and the mountains quake, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
He is trustworthy and He is faithful and not only is He good, He wants good for me, and for my daughter.
This is truth. And I will trust.
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