It’s a funny thing. I’ve taught on trusting God before, especially to my kids. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding [Prov. 3:5], I trust in your unfailing love [Ps. 13:5], when I am afraid I put my trust in you [Ps. 56:3]…Leaning on those scriptures when life is good, is…let’s just say… easy. But…trusting God through the “ugly” of life…that’s a whole lot harder.
No one prays to be in these types of situations, we don’t hope and wait longingly for terrible situations to come at us. But…we do have troubles, and things often hit us out of nowhere. We’re unsuspecting…and most times, unprepared. Let’s go back to Sept. 30, 2016. I went into the chiropractors office…I had been having some dizzy spells that weren’t terrible but were distracting and frustrating. By the time I walked out of the office and to my car that day, I was sick. And I mean a painful nausea that I’ve never known before…I drove to the church for a meeting that night and felt so terrible that I left and drove home instead. That night began a story that hit me out of left field. One that I wasn’t expecting and sure didn’t want/hope for!
I was sick…you name it, dizzy, nauseous, unable to listen to voices/sounds or be in any sort of light or it would shoot pain through my whole body. This went on for months, and I was scared. I hadn’t been able to be around my kids or family, which honestly broke my heart in a way I can’t still put into words…maybe someday. I wasn’t able to eat from the nausea and had lost quite a bit of weight. Scary times.
And I know I’m not the only one who has had scary times in their life. Whether it’s through a loved one with a tough diagnosis, a broken relationship, or a hurt from the past…we’ve all got a story to tell. This one is just mine 🙂
There are so many things I am thankful for…and especially as I’m coming out of this season in my life, I’m thankful for scripture. Hebrews 4:12 “The Word of God is alive and powerful and sharper than any double edged sword…” [My Bible has a lot more pages with tear marks on it now than it ever has before.] And the fact that my Bible is alive and powerful…is a gift. It’s not like any other book in the whole world…and it has promises, for you and for me. I held onto scripture as if it were my life, my breath…I wrote it on every mirror in our room and bathroom. I counted on friends who wrote scriptures on cards and posted them on my walls…because every time I opened my eyes, I needed encouragement. I needed to know God was with me and He was fighting for me, and that He was going to heal my body and my broken spirit.
All this to say: It’s so very important to make scripture deposits into your heart before the storm comes! Don’t wait until something tragic happens to dive into the most amazing book ever written…the only one that is alive with HOPE, LOVE and PEACE. Dive in now!! Make deposits into your heart that will carry you through the hard times, the troubled times…because we all have them [John 16:33]. You can be ready…and you can walk through these seasons with PEACE, already knowing who you trust, what you believe…and trusting that your God is faithful, even through life’s storms.