Thursday, May 30, 2013

Trust Without Borders

by Jill Daniels
This past year there has been a theme in my life.
God keeps calling me to trust Him. Seems like a pretty simple concept to get, to trust someone, right? Well, it’s been a lot harder than I thought.

I’ve been asking God for a while what he wants me to do with my life. What he wants my job to be, where he wants my family to be. I hadn’t heard anything from what I could tell, until the other night.

My husband and I took a step of faith without really hearing anything from God for what seemed like an eternity about a certain situation. We stepped out in faith, trusting that God would show us if where we were going wasn’t where he wanted us to go. We started pursuing that choice for around six months until those plans were pulled out from under our feet.

I have to say, I was hurt. I was questioning why God would call me to be obedient to follow where he wants me to go if he wasn’t showing me where to go. I had just started feeling okay about the choice we had made, and now he had rerouted us. 

The only thing I knew and believed was that God is good. He wants the best for me, even if that is not what seems best for me in my eyes. He has good intentions and wants me to become more like his Son. 

I was glad at this point that one of my best friends encouraged me to memorize a piece of Scripture a couple months prior that has stuck with me throughout this year of trusting in God.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” (Isaiah 26:3-4)

When I trust in God and put my life in his hands, I will be in perfect peace. Even when my circumstances change constantly (which they have this past year) and my emotions are going haywire, I can trust and believe in a God that is unchanging, my everlasting rock.

This reminds me of a song that I have been in love with recently. It’s from Hillsong United’s new album Zion, and it’s called Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). It has spoken directly to my heart during this hard time of trusting what God is doing. The part of the song that hit me hard said:

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders / Let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me /  Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander / And my faith would be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior...

Why would I want to follow the plans that I have formed? My feet cannot wander into the depths that God has planned for me. Even the greatest things I can imagine for my life have nothing on the vision God has for my life.

When I switch my focus from seeing my plans being broken, and not knowing where my life is going, to realizing that God knows WAY better than I do and that he actually wants something better for me, I get pumped. This is summed up well in Ephesians 3:20-21:

"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

God can do far more abundantly than all that we can ask or even think. Isn’t that crazy? Nothing we can imagine will even stand up to the plans he has for us. Dwelling on this brings me peace. God is unchanging. He is our everlasting rock. He can and will do far more for us than we can even imagine. Our God is so good.

God, will you fill me with the joy of your salvation today? Fill me so that I can see and believe that you have the best in mind for me. Help me to not dwell on my circumstances and how they aren’t what I would have hoped, but help me to dwell on the truths of your Word, that you are trustworthy and good. You, God have proven to be someone I can trust in the past. Help me to not fall to doubt about that but to trust that you will be the same God that you were then, now. I love you. 


What area(s) of life do you need to entrust to God's sovereignty today? 

Jill Daniels was born and raised in eastern Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University in 2011. She married her stud of a husband, Stephen, shortly after, to then move out to the suburbs of Chicago. Jill loves her alma mater, country music and summertime. She loves the Lord and feels closest to Him in nature, silence and in group worship. Jill's passions include evangelism, young women and writing.

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