When you can’t feel God, believe He’s there anyway.
When you can’t see God’s hand, believe it’s there anyway.
When you can’t understand God’s plan, trust it anyway.
That’s faith, friends. It’s easy to see a person of faith and assume they just walk on a bed of roses, perhaps blissfully unaware of the issues around them. It’s easy to look at someone else’s life and say, “Yeah, good for them, but they have no idea what real suffering is. They have no idea how hard my life or situation is.”
But they do.
How do I know? Because they’re human. And the human condition has always been the same. And whether we deal with unexpected illnesses, unexpected deaths, unexpected job losses, unexpected betrayals, or on and on, one thing is true: when it happens to us, it hurts worse than when it happens to someone else.
He may very well be keeping you somewhere you don’t want to be in order to protect you from somewhere else you don’t need to be.
That’s it. Trust God when you don’t want to. Read the Bible when you’re mad at Him for not answering you. Pray when you don’t think He’s listening. Do you know why? Because He is. And He cares deeply. And when you’re in a situation that seems impossible, or unredeemable, it’s not. And He may very well be keeping you somewhere you don’t want to be in order to protect you from somewhere else you don’t need to be. Or He may very well be letting you learn a few lessons before you destroy yourself and everyone around you. He knows now. He’ll tell you when you’re ready.
There have been more times than I care to admit that I’ve had to pray anyway, trust anyway, believe anyway. And it has always paid off. Want to know why?
Because I believe in the God who CREATED THE UNIVERSE. No big deal, just the UNIVERSE. And His eye is on the sparrow. How much more so on me?
Wow. God, give me the peace and grace to trust You despite me. That’s all I really need when I face the things that make no sense.
You can have the rest. Give me Jesus.
“In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not. After that the idea that prayer is recommended to us as a sort of infallible gimmick may be dismissed.” -C.S. Lewis
I ran across your blog and how timely was this post! My husband and I are in somewhat of a holding-pattern waiting for a “green light” to move forward with something we’re praying for. God has shown us that we will obtain what we’re praying for, and although we don’t see what He’s doing now, we know He’s in control and preparing a path.
His answer has been, “Yes, but not yet” and I confess it is difficult to not attempt taking control to get what we want now. Patience is the most challenging lesson, but I am also confident that it is necessary to ensure things will happen as God intends.
Your posts about things your kids say are too funny!