I have been trying to finish reading the book The Girl Still Got It, by Liz Curtis Higgs this summer, and I have to say that I am thoroughly enjoying it. Last night, there was a line that particularly touched me. It said something like:
“While we are busy fretting and worrying, God says ‘Trust Me.’”
I read it again, and one more time after that. I underlined it and this morning I woke up thinking about it too. The words feel as if they were God’s message penned just for me. I am the queen of worrying and fretting. I struggle with surrendering on a constant basis. I am riddled with anxiety about the future, the present and the past circumstances of my life. I have a hard time figuring out how to relax and just trust Him.
Over and over again, the Lord teaches me that there is no reason for me to fret. But over and over and over again, I continue to do so. I am faced with test after test to reaffirm the truth of His love, but I keep on failing…hopelessly failing…or so it seems…
Shortly before I read the passage in the book, I heard on the radio the encouraging word of the day, and it was 1 Thessalonians 5: 18
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”
The commentator stressed the fact that the rejoicing and the giving of thanks is to be done in ALL circumstances, even when the situation we are facing is hard…because that is God’s will for us, to rejoice in Him always! (Philippians 4: 4)
It is His will for us to find Him in everything that happens to us. It is His will for us to give Him glory in all situations. It is His will for us to be near us, holding our hands through the fires of this life. It is His will for us to deliver us and for us to boast about Him and His goodness and might. It is His will for us to guide us along the path that leads to complete trust and perfect peace. That path, however, may be marked by suffering and hardship, but even so, we are to rejoice because,
suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5: 3b-5
Let us not be discouraged by our suffering then, and let us see each challenge we come across as a chance to thank Him for another opportunity to develop complete trust in His love and find refuge in His hope.
As I am fretting about an upcoming test, He reminds me of all of these. And I thank Him, and I rejoice in this circumstance because He is polishing me, He is showing me His unique kind of love, and He is giving me another chance to rely on Him for all my needs as the trusted Provider that He certainly is…He is whispering in my ear: “Trust Me.”