The other day at bed, my littlest girl and I prayed a bold prayer for a contract on our home…that night. She doubts God right now. She doesn’t see things changing…she doesn’t see God working. We all really need something to change soon, but God doesn’t seem to be changing anything right now.
I wanted God to do something amazing that night…I’d even have taken the next day. In fact, I thought it probably would be the following day.
Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. And the “somewhat interested” response from the people who looked at my house caused my faith to wobble a bit.
See I’ve been reading a book that has encouraged me to pray big prayers so I can see God answer in big ways…and I’m all for praying big prayers…but I’m wondering if I pray big prayers for big answers, am I also praying big prayers understanding that God might not answer in a big way? His gentle and loving answer might be something like, “Not yet.”
But I will be honest and tell you that I am tired of the “not yet” answer…and the “no” answer…I’d like a “yes”. But even as I say that I know that some of the nos and not yets have been the very best answers to my prayers. And I do trust Him to answer perfectly.
Argh! But I so want to get out of this situation…when I’ve used the word “desperately” to describe something in the past I don’t believe I’ve understood it as deeply as I do now…I desperately want to be released from this place God has me and my children. I don’t want to be here anymore. But I also don’t want to force it and end up in a place I’ll eventually desperately not want to be either.
I’d rather trust God.
That’s huge. Because right now, I can tell you I’ve had some conversations with God…and they haven’t all be holy.
But when given the alternative of figuring things out without Him, I’d rather trust God.
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 straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
When faced with decisions and dilemmas in this life, I’d rather trust God.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Hebrews 12:11-13
When I’m trying to raise my children to love and honor Him, I’d rather trust God.
All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. Isaiah 54:13
When I’m exhausted and weary with nothing left to give, I’d rather trust God.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
When I have no idea which way to turn, I’d rather trust God.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3
No matter how strongly I feel that I know what would be best, I’d rather trust God.
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5
Oh, how I need my heart directed. This has been an exceedingly difficult time…and sometimes I don’t think others can quite understand the challenges. I don’t think I’m necessarily doing it with the grace I’d hoped, but the Lord continues to meet me where I am. He continues to love me through my doubts, fears, and faltering faith. He continues to be faithful. I do trust that He will guide my family, that he is a shield about me, that he is my refuge and strength.
I do trust that He will enable me to do this life well…even when it feels anything but wonderful.
And I do trust Him for the sale of my house and the purchase of our next home.
But most importantly, I trust that He will reveal Himself to my littlest girl in just the right way at just the right time. That I don’t need to orchestra things to convince my daughter of His love, faithfulness, and existence! He will handle that…I just need to love on her and pray.
So tonight, as I lay my head down on my pillow, I will be praying for my children and their faith and for me to trust Him without hesitation….and for a buyer for my house!