It's not an easy thing to trust another person and it's not always easy to trust God.
When life is good, when prayers are being answered, when miracles fall in our lap and the evidence of God's finger on our life cannot be denied, trust will come easy.
But when life is a tangle of struggles and obstacles, when prayers have not been answered in a while, when God seems distant and silent to our needs, trust can slowly trickle away and doubt will flow in to replace it.
This is humanity, the flesh and blood reality of God's people living in a broken world.
Hearts broken, dreams shattered, obstacles which loom larger than life, illness that does not heal, relationships which crush you to the core, finances that barely keep a roof over your head...every life, every person, will find themselves in the valley at some point and some will revisit it over and over.
And some of us in that valley experience will struggle to trust God completely, at least for a while.
But the Bible tells us He is faithful and just.
It tells us He will supply all our needs, comfort us in sorrow, catch all of our tears in a bottle, lead us beside still waters and restore our soul...the Bible assures us we can trust God.
Don't feel guilty when you find it hard to trust His Word. He knows you are but dust and He has seen every second of your life and understands why you suffer and doubt in your time of trouble.
He is gracious, merciful, forgiving, compassionate, wise and loving - and often that is why we feel disconnected from him, because we expect to feel those things and yet we see through a glass dimly.
Let me explain.
Many years ago I faced a very traumatic experience and after months of crying out to God for understanding, healing and resolution, I fell on my knees and declared to Him that I believed He did not care. I could not see His hand in my life or on the troubles which had torn my heart apart so I believed He had turned His back on me, that I had failed Him too many times and had no great value.
But I was wrong.
In the quiet stillness of that night, He gave me clear understanding about His perceived 'distance' and I never doubted His presence or plans again.
You see, God cannot reveal all His plans for my life until the time is right. When He does reveal them He's not just telling me but he's making satan, the enemy of this world, aware too.
And what General would share his plans with the enemy?
It was not until God had put all His plans in place that the fog cleared and I could clearly see what He'd been at work on all that time.
Have you felt that your prayers are going nowhere?
Have you been doubting God's care and concern for your needs?
Are you feeling alone in your trial?
Believe that your prayers are going straight to the throne room of heaven, to the very ear of God.
Believe that your heavenly Father cares about you more than you can ever in this life imagine, that His love for you has no limits, no expiration date, that every hair on your head is known to Him.
Believe that you are never alone, that Christ is alive in you through God's Holy Spirit and He will never leave you nor forsake you. You are of more value than a sparrow and God knows every sparrow which falls from the sky.
I know it's hard to see other people's prayers answered, needs met and miracles come true while you stand by waiting an age for your own.
It can hurt and you might even think God loves them more than you, but my friend, God shows no favouritism. You are the apple of His eye and He is doing a very special work behind the scenes of your life, bringing about a plan that exceeds human vision, working all things together for good because He loves you and you love Him.
Please, take your eyes off the circumstances, take your eyes off the obstacles, take your eyes off your neighbour's blessings and keep them fixed on Jesus.
Our understanding is limited by what we see and hear right now which means we never truly grasp the life changing work God is doing 'quietly and unseen' in our life. And just because we cannot see it, hear it or feel it does not mean the will of God is not being done for our benefit, always our benefit, for He means us good and not evil all the days of our lives.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding.
This is a new free pattern which I pray is a blessing to your heart.
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My prayer today is that you and I let go of doubt, negative thoughts and impatience; that we are filled with joy and hope and trust as we wait for God's good and perfect plan in our lives - because we can believe that He only has good and perfect plans.
Bless you heaps,