Sunday, May 3, 2009

TRUSTING IN THE LORD



“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6


In these times of difficult complexities, we have a sure arm to guide us, as the Lord gives us sources from which to find direction and comfort. As we struggle and fall and struggle and fall again, if we but keep our eye on our goal knowing that Christ suffered everything that we have ever suffered, we will prevail! He knows our pain, and He knows the efforts we are making.

Our problems can be big or small to the eyes of others...To us, they are Big…Heavy…Burdens…



Weight problems that never seem to end…

The want of a child that never seems to come…

A job that is particularly difficult…

A lack of self-respect where we are never seemingly good enough...

The Lord knows them all.

“Our soul waiteth for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.” Psalms 33:20


It is so difficult, after trying and struggling for so very long, to not see any apparent progress. The road seems long and the way rocky…



Keep going...Keep going...Keep going.



“…*continue in the faith *grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel…” Colossians 1:23

(Foot notes: *Perseverance…Established and steadfast)


I found this on a blog recently...I don’t remember which one. If it is yours, please claim it, and you will get the credit. :0)

I loved the perspective that this person had…

“Staying quiet and letting God take care of tough or sticky circumstances is the best way. He is so very effective at turning circumstances into glorious things, and often when we interfere, we make things messier. John Piper says "In every situation God is doing 1000 different things that we cannot see and we do not know."


I appreciate that thought very much. It reaffirms to me that our Father in Heaven is indeed, in the long run, working for our good.

For years now, I have wanted to become an RN. I have gone to school only to have to quit due to time and money constraints. I have started up again only to have to quit because of the same reasons…time and money. A third time I started, once again having to give it up. As I have to work, I can’t seem to be able to make the money I need to pay for both bills and school. I do not qualify for grants, etc. I have run the gamut. There is more involved, and believe me, I have tried all of the avenues over these several years. For me it is very disconcerting to see so many others around me being able to go to nursing school, and I am not…



Single mothers…Displaced workers hurt because of the economy…and many others receiving government help.

It is so easy for me to say, “Why them and not me? I would be a good nurse, too!” Over and over again, I read in the paper or hear at work, those who are going to nursing school, the young and the not-so-young.

For me…At this time…The way is blocked…And the doors are closed…



The Lord has let me know, however, that we are going another way. I have had confirmation of that two or three times. I don’t know that way that He has. And, I don’t know if that way means that I will ever be a nurse or if he has something else in store for me. It is difficult to resign myself to “just” being a CNA when I know that I could do so much more. It is difficult for me, being someone who has always strove to move forward, to instead stay back, while those around me move on. It is difficult for me in many ways. Faith is a very hard thing. It is blind. It is hard, as a human being, to give up the control. It is very challenging, when I am one who likes to forge ahead full force, to go day by day, each day seeming to take forever in and of itself. This is a good exercise in patience. It is a work-out for my soul. I will be better for it in the end.

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way…” Psalms 37: 7


I pray that we may each wait on the Lord for our betterment and for His glory, while at the same time working as diligently as we possibly can toward our goal.

6 comments:

Jennifer said...

Great post. I'm learning to be patient, one day at a time. I still have a lot to figure out and I really just need to buckle down and learn what the Lord has for me to do.

The American Homemaker said...

That's a great post. It's so hard to remember that the Lord knows what's best for us and that he sees so much more than we ever will.

Zebu said...

Thanks for the comments ladies! Faith, it's all about the faith.:0)

Mrs. G said...

You're right, it *is* all about faith but how hard that can be! Keep your chin up!

Paris

Andrea said...

You have a wonderful God, and oh, how the Lord has blessed you with faith and wisdom!

I enjoyed reading your post. There are so many things we don't understand, but God designed it so. Sometimes I just shake my head and wonder what God is doing, but because He is god, I trust in Him, my mighty Rock and sure foundation.

Thank you for your inspirational message. Many, many blessings to you.

Andrea

Zebu said...

Thank you Andrea and Mrs. G. Isn't it wonderful to know that there are others out there amongst us, such as yourselves, who are striving and even struggling daily to do what is right? Blessings to you in your endeavors this week. :0)