Ever notice how your highs in life are really, really high and your lows couldn’t get any lower if they tried?
Well, that’s been my experience. I have to remind myself to celebrate and thank God for the rooftops and to keep on walking through those “valleys." It’s not so easy to do when you can’t see the green pastures that are supposedly ahead of you. All you can see is weed after weed or cactus on top of cactus.
Here’s what I know. It comes down to one thing: TRUST.
Do we trust God to keep His promises? Do we believe that He is faithful? Where is our hope?
Trust has been my “word” for the past couple of years. I even have a Giving Keys necklace with this word etched into a key to remind me of what I already know but still waiver in doing… trusting God above all else. Above what I see, what I feel, what I can’t see, and despite what others may think, say or do. Honestly, trusting is really hard for me. Perhaps it is for you too. I have been burned quite a few times in my 44 years on the earth and it sucks. But God is not man. He cannot lie. He cannot disappoint or fail. And so, we should trust that He is in control, on the rooftops and in the valleys.
I have gotten this trust thing right recently. I trusted God to take me through a difficult adoption process (we now have our son Caleb and he is the perfect addition and blessing to our family). I trusted God to help me successfully transition from church staff into running my own non-profit (He hasn’t let me down, providing all that our family and organization need).
Our God is good. He loves us and wants desperately to show us just how much. Our part is to love and trust Him to do it. The thing we fight so desperately to hold on to is the thing He wants us to surrender. Surrender it today and if God takes it, just know what’s coming is better, greater, more profound and significant than the thing you thought you couldn’t live without- your job, your title, your role, your money, your gift, your relationship… you know what it is. Now surrender it and see what happens. I promise you it will be good because God is good.
Lastly, can I encourage you that if you are in a desert, it is not everlasting. Nighttime soon becomes day. And everything you’ve experienced- the good and the bad- are what makes you a strong, compassionate, surrendered worshiper. So keep on keeping on. Keep one foot in front of the other, with your eyes and heart fixed on Him.
Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing. With Jesus, nothing is impossible for us.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6