“Trust in The LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in The LORD,
and HE will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to The LORD.
Trust HIM, and HE will help you.” (Psalm 37:3-5)
We say we trust GOD. And in our mind, we do trust HIM.
If we’re honest, though, we’ll admit it’s a struggle to trust GOD with our lives. When things are going well, we see HIS blessings, HIS provision, and we rest in HIM. Trust is easier. Yet, when hard times hit, our trust is shaken. We wonder, “what’s wrong with me?” and “why can’t I trust GOD with this?”
Our nature craves solutions. We strive for answers, and fight to rest when there's tension. If you’ve ever taught a kid to ride a bike, you know how hard it is to be out of control and how much you want to hold on to their seat. But those actions undermine the outcome we want. Our children cannot become bike riders without wobbling, and even falling over. Experiencing a season of imbalance teaches a lifetime of balance. We have to let go, so they’ll find their balance.
It is the same for us when we build trust in GOD. We experience hard, lonely, sad and frustrating seasons as GOD perfects us. GOD is at work, yet our faith is prone to wobble.
When we moved back to Austin to work for ACF, we left comfort, friendships and connectedness in San Antonio. I was busy at a new job, meeting people, learning what it meant to be a pastor. Celia was at home, in a new place, without her old friends…alone. She wobbled in her faith. She knew GOD wanted her here; fortunately, HE made that clear. But, she was depressed, sad, and had no place to turn. She felt obligated to put on a happy face, meet new people and be a pastor’s wife (whatever that means), but she longed for her old friends, house and church.
GOD took her through a season of loneliness and struggle to draw her closer to HIM. She came out of the fog with a stronger faith and trust in GOD. It was not fun, for her or for me, but it was a season where we learned to trust GOD at a much deeper level. I couldn’t fix her hurt, and I spoke to GOD about it everyday. She couldn’t fix it either, and she had to turn to HIM, trusting in HIS Word and HIS plans. Those moments, that season made her roots in GOD’s love grow deeper. She craved HIS Presence, HIS affirmation and sought HIM.
Our world tells us we deserve happiness in an onslaught of ways. So, when uncomfortable feelings like sadness and loneliness arrive, we look for the fastest or easiest way out. By stiff-arming difficult emotions, we cut short our opportunity to grow to deeper feelings and a more pure joy.
“Above all, trust in the slow work of GOD.
We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new,
and yet it is the law of all progress that is made by
passing through some stages of instability -
and that it may take a very long time...
Only GOD could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.
Give our LORD the benefit of believing that HIS hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.” - Teilhard de Chardin
Be confident that GOD is at work. It serves us well to give HIM the benefit of believing HE is leading us. Seasons are for purpose, and HIS love never wanes. HE is consistent, and worthy of our trust. If you’re in a hard season, cry out to HIM and share it with those who are close to you. Let’s trust GOD is accomplishing infinitely more than we can imagine.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…”