The “whys” and “what now” have converged in our faith community’s conversations. Individuals not only have questioned their own struggles in relationships, health, and finances but for a family fighting one another in court this last month, an innocent child diagnosed with a brain tumor this past weekend, and a young mom facing a life-threatening procedure yesterday. Questions collide with faith. Conversations ensue as people look for real answers, not a religious kind of answer, but an answer to quiet the soul and elicit peace.
While specific and detailed answers to the “whys” are wanted, sometimes trust is the only answer.
To trust, we walk away from a right-now answer, choosing to believe there’s more than can be seen.
To trust, we slow down and stop running from the pain of circumstances, acknowledging God is God.
To trust, we look for the goodness of God, even when everything around us is messy and hard.
To trust, we start the day fresh and new by praying and meditating on Truth, waiting on God rather than turning to yesterday’s worry and stress.
While trust is a platitude to some, the kind of trust which matters is a gut-wrenching decision to turn away from worry and stress, intentionally turning to God each day. Jeremiah, the author of Lamentations, described trust as waiting : I remember and wait for this thought: How enduring is God’s loyal love; the Eternal has inexhaustible compassion. Here they are, every morning, new! Your faithfulness, God, is as broad as the day. (Lamentations 3:21-22, The Voice).
Each day is new:
His loving-kindness begins afresh each day (Lamentations 3:23, TLB).
Trust is an answer to our “whys” and “what now” when nothing makes sense: Start the new day in prayer and meditation, waiting for the fresh gift of God’s loving-kindness, committing to trust, releasing yesterday’s questions and the resulting worry and stress.
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(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)