"Throughout the history of God's people as given to us in the Bible, we see that life is a test. We have before us the option to trust God "no matter what," or to walk away from Him. To walk away from God is to leave the fragments of our dreams in pieces on the floor, but to trust Him is to let God pick up the pieces and make us whole again. When we choose to let Him make us whole again, he will make our lives more beautiful than before."
On Sunday mornings we often sing worship music with profound words and uplifting beats. Recently we were worshipping to an up tempo song, clapping our hands while the worship leader's smile joyfully encouraged us to praise God. The happy little tune didn't match the words though.
It was so dischordant for me that I wondered if people realized what they were singing, "You give and take away...Lord blessed be your name." How many of us really praise God when He takes away something from our lives? It is not an automatic response, is it? Surrendering to God's plan for our lives can be challenging, but that's where we find peace.
The words are truth. I want to live by that truth. To bless, praise, worship and trust God no matter what circumstances come my way. It's easy for me to sing and clap to that beat when things are going well in my life. When it starts to fall apart, though, I sing the same song with tears streaming down my face. I still trust Him, but it isn't so easy.
I don't think I'm the best person to talk about how to praise God or lean upon Him during difficult times. As a matter of fact, I'm more of a fair weather Christian. I say God will do what is best, but when I am faced with a small crisis, doubt floods in.
Will I find a job? Do I trust Him to manage my future? I can't imagine facing the trials of losing a loved one, being in financial crisis, struggling in a broken marriage or facing a terminal illness. I don't presume to know how a person walks through those hardships. But, I do know that it can't be done without faith. I want to be a woman who is ready to follow God NO MATTER WHAT and for me that means taking it one day at a time.
When He gently reminds me that I'm not trusting Him with a situation, I guess that's my opportunity to let Him pick up the pieces. LIving a life of faith, being committed to Him no matter what happens: these lifestyles come from abiding in Christ. That's where I need to start.
Lysa TerKeurst's "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God" has spurred me on in this walk of faith as well as Brennan Manning's "The Signature of Christ."
This week, Nina is hosting "In 'Other' Words" at her site, Mama's Little Treasures .