Does choosing to trust God mean giving up everything we want? Today’s Promise can be a little confusing. It took me a lot of years of doing things my way to really understand what Jesus meant when He said this. What I found was that God doesn’t push us, He leads us. My Aunt discribed the experience as a daily, hand-in-hand walk with the Lord, and I have to agree.
When we are going through something really hard, we need a lifeline, something to hold onto that gives us strength and hope. For me, that was reading through some of the Psalms and beginning books of the New Testament each morning. Somehow the words calmed my fears, and gave me the courage to face the day. I didn’t realize the walk I had begun as I read and He taught. I grasped for Hope, He nourished and healed. I surrendered, He restored. Nothing happened in an instant, but rather over weeks, months, and years as that walk continued. It’s not easy to see the road ahead when we’re in the middle of one of life’s storms, but it’s incredibly reassuring to look backwards and see His steady love and patience over time.
As I continued to learn, He urged me to let go of some things I wanted. Oh, how we want what we want! Ever so gently, He helped me to loosen my grip, and taught me to trust Him more. Sometimes it got confusing, especially as I tried to obey, and things just seem to fall apart even more. It was in that unraveling and surrender that I saw His strength really step in. My faith began to grow, and with every little layer of surrender I saw more of His strength. With every hesitant step to trust and follow, every yielding to that quiet voice, He was at work. The more I learned to trust, the more fear slipped away. I could start to see the steadiness of His love over time, and realized that many of the things I wanted were to just to fill an empty hole in my heart, and they lost thier value. It’s hard to explain, but my own creative solutions were occupying a space in my heart that God was waiting to fill. Once I could finally let go and say, “Ok, God, have it your way”, He filled that space in a way that I couldn’t by myself. It was in that bittersweet surrender, that I really began to live.
The hand-in-hand walk continues to this day, growing sweeter over time. Each day I discover more about the life God wants each of us to live, free to trust in His steady love and goodness, free to experience what He is waiting to give us.“Dear God, Please calm my fears and teach me to trust you with the things I want so badly. Show me the life you have planned for me.”
“He took away my guilt and reminded me that my life, my future, my journey belongs to Him ” – excerpt from A Future of Hope
Did you come to know peace after letting go of something you wanted so badly? Will you tell us about it? It’s in the letting go of what we want for our lives that we are able to really begin to live. Your story can bring hope to someone today.
What is it you’re facing? Nobody goes into battle alone. We can stand with you. Let us know in the comments below how we can pray for you, or by submitting your story. He will fight for you.