“Where is Bella?”
We all looked around in confusion. I suddenly realized I had not seen my 9-year-old Yorkie in the hour since we returned from watching fireworks.
After an extensive search of the entire house, we determined Bella must have somehow gotten outside in all the craziness that is July 4th. To make matters worse, we were in the Ozark Mountains, an area filled with wild animals.
The local “Lost Dog” Facebook pages made it apparent that July 4th week is a super common time for scared dogs to go missing.
My heart ached for our lost puppy, but it also ached with the realization that we are often like this with God.
When God instructs us to wait, but we allow fear to take over, we end up running towards the very things that will harm us.
Sure, “Trust God” is a cute bumper sticker slogan that gets thrown around a lot. However, when times get tough, and it seems that God has left us to fend for ourselves, that is the time when our faith is truly tested.
God promises us that if we will wait on him, He will supply us with the strength we need.
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
When I’m going through a difficult time, I like to encourage myself with words of scripture. One of my favorites is Proverbs 3:5-6:
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths.”
This verse always reminds me that God created us with limited understanding, and we do not always have to know the answers. We only have to acknowledge that He is in control and allow Him to lead us.
Did you notice how this started out about waiting, but ended up being about trust?
Something the Lord has been showing me lately is that waiting and trusting go hand in hand. Learning to wait on the Lord is learning to trust Him.
Sadly, our Bella was never found. After searching a few separate times and not being able to find her, I had to pack up and go home. There was nothing else I could do.
Fortunately for us, God is not like me. God will never leave us. He will never lose us! He knows where we are at all times. He feels your pain, and He knows your sorrows. His arms are always open. No matter the mistakes you have made, if you turn back to Him, He will be there waiting with open arms.
“…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
“And the lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you’ do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
I believe that learning to trust the Lord completely is a lifelong journey. We may have learned to trust God with our finances, but still struggle to trust him with our health, or with our children.
What scriptures do you hold onto in the times or waiting, or when it seems difficult to trust God?