It feels as if it has been forever since I’ve written anything. It’s not that things haven’t been happening, but it’s hard to know how to put into words the subtle reminders I get of God’s grace, and plan for my life. But, I thought I would try with a story about something that has happened in my life recently. This something only reiterates for me how important it is to trust in Him, to really give my problems and worries up to Him and let Him work His will in your life.
I have been struggling with a situation in my life that has been looming over me and causing me quite a bit of stress and not stress at the same time, because the solution I ultimately came to was; something that makes me feel bad about myself, probably isn’t good for me to have in my life. I prayed about this particular situation quite a bit, and in recognition of my goal to let go of misplaced feelings of guilt for 2019, I had basically put it into a box and moved on.
But as I’m sure you are all aware. You can put something into a box all you want. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to stay there. And of course, my box popped open and I was again faced with the stress and confusion of this particular situation. I just sat there feeling like I really didn’t know how I was going to handle it. But each day, since I put that monster in it’s box, I spent time in prayer and reading and meditation. And guess what? God responded. My bible readings were about trust, my devotionals were about trust and almost every single quote that came up on my daily bible app was about trust. Here’s an example…
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
or how about this…
For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
God heard my prayers, and reassured me with his presence, and his word that I didn’t need to worry. He had it. With the confidence that I believe can only come from the faith of knowing that your Father in heaven has your back and only wants what is good for you, I prepared myself to face the contents of my box. And what did I find when I opened it?
The great big scary monster I anticipated facing, was a sweet little kitten. I trusted in God, I put my faith in Him, and in His time, in His way, he fought my monster for me, and there was nothing left for me to face but love.
God is good, and if you can find it in yourself to give him your box, you might find that he’s more than capable of turning your monsters into kittens too. Or chocolate…whatever works for you.