Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What Do We Do...

...when we do not know what to do?

...when we do not know what will happen?

...when we are tempted to become anxious?

...when we are given an opportunity to trust?

I think we probably have all heard the illustration of the small child enjoying the glory of summer's swimming pool...until that very same child is challenged to jump into the deep end.  Her father ushers her onward, promising never to leave the child's presence during or post-jump.  The child hesitates for a moment but ultimately decides without a doubt that her father is worthy of trust; he never let go in the past, and he has promised to catch her!  So, why not jump, take the risk, and then be saved and rescued by her father?

Is this what God is challenging you with today?  The ideas of trust, faith, and God's character seem like themes we visit frequently as we study the Bible, hashing it out with people with know.  But lately it has occurred to me that these Godly traits have rarely been made real to me.  Naturally, God's character is of course very real and undeniable...but what about actually reacting in a way that confirms I understand and know my God?  What if God's Love actually made itself manifest in my heart and mind and transformed the very way I reacted to challenging situations or bumps in the road?  

I read this from Isaiah 50 this morning:

Let him who walks in the dark,
who has no light,
trust in the name of the LORD
and rely on his God.

The question I have been asking my heart and my soul: Is my life truly and genuinely demonstrating the fruit of trusting God?  Or am I reacting to things just as I would if I did not know the Lord?  

That's the question I'd like us to ruminate over this morning.  Please comment with any thoughts on times you have struggled with trust, how God is pruning fruit in your life right now, or any encouragement you may have for all of us learning to truly practice trust.  

Have a beautiful, blessed day as you remember that God's character never fails us!

1 comment:

  1. Kristen,

    This is exactly what I am dealing with right now. During my Bible Study last night, someone brought up the notion that instead of asking God why things happen, why not ask Him to help us have a better reaction to it and to place our trust in Him.

    This is what my guest post is going to be about, so I won't go into too much detail, but I think we find ourselves becoming anxious is because God's plan for us or the answers to our prayers aren't always clear cut. And since we hardly ever know what that answer will be, I think that brings up anxiety as well.


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