I went to bed the other night thinking about trusting God.
Before I drifted off to sleep I updated my WhatsApp status to read, a�?In you I find rest. I will continue to put my trust in you.a�?
It was a day of swirling emotions and thoughts in my head that just felt unbearable.
I clutched my Bible as I buried my head in the pillow thinking, a�?no matter what, no matter what I will trust you. No matter how I feel, no matter what I think I have done wrong. No matter the wrong moves I think I may have made. No matter how uncertain the outcome of things seem, I will continue to trust you.a�?
I fell asleep feeling lighter than I did before.
Fast forward to the next morning and well, I just did not feel so confident about the declarations I made the night before.
Can God really be trusted? Whata��s the point of trusting Him anyhow when I am doomed for punishment or things going awry? What difference would trusting Him make?
I thought back to last season when lessons on trust bombarded me. I knew what He wanted me to know and learn then.
a�?There is a lesson in every season. No matter what you can rely on me. Even if you do not know how things will turn out you can place your confidence in me.a�?
I wondered, does the same apply now?
I knew and reminded myself that it was that trust that enabled me to move into new territories. It helped me to move from the place I called home for 12 years into a new home with little or no furniture or resources. Trust did that. And over a few months I watched as the empty spaces in the house began to fill with the things I wanted.
Indeed God could be trusted! He wanted me to exercise that trust by walking unto the unknown. I guess He knew just how things would turn out and He had already made provision. It was just for me to walk into it.
I knew all that but I just wanted a reminder. So I asked for it.
a�?Send a word Lord. Send a word to let me know that I can trust you again.a�?
I continued driving, listening to Hillsong and glancing at my watch periodically to ensure that I was still on time. Traffic is no joke. *grunts*
I got to work minutes past 8:00am and settled in. I had a thought to check my personal email before I got started and when I did I was pleasantly surprised to see a message from Rick Warren. I had subscribed to his Daily Devotional some months ago.
The subject of the email read, Trust God one day at a time.a�?
I looked at it and smiled. I wondered whether it was a coincidence or the reminder I had asked for not so long ago.
The devotional started by quoting Philippians 4:6, 8 a�?Dona��t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done . . . A�Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.a�?
Then he said, a�?God wants you to trust Him one day at a time.a�? I sighed.
a�?Philippians 4:6 & 8 show usa�? he went on, a�?that there are 4 things that you need to do to trust God on a daily basis.”
1.A�A�A�A�A�A� Dona��t worry about anything. (But I was worrying about everything; my past, present & future)
2.A�A�A�A�A�A� Pray about everything. (I wasna��t really praying about everything. Well, I dona��t know if talking in the car while driving to work counts for anything.)
3.A�A�A�A�A�A� Thank God in all things. (Was I really doing that?)
4.A�A�A�A�A�A� Think about the right things. (Well I guess you can answer this one.)
a�?God keeps His promisesa�? Warren reminded. a�?You can trust that He will take care of you.a�? He said.
A�His devotional closed with Isaiah 26:3 which says, a�?You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.a�?
The word was such a timely reminder. Trusting Him in the good times and bad, during certain times and periods of uncertainty. It was not such a bad idea after all. It did not make me foolish and it was the very thing that He wanted me to do. It was the only way I would maintain peace and guard myself against the onslaught of condemning and doubtful and fearful thoughts that threatened to penetrate the walls of my mind from time to time.
I realized too that He did not want me to go about burdening myself wondering how I would do it. He just wanted me to remember to place my trust in Him a day at a time. The same goes for you too.
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About the Author: Sandie Heron is a rockstar though she goes to bed before 9pm. She is a Real Estate Paralegal by profession with a deep desire to use her passion for writing and video production to inspire others.