Trust In A Pothole

From the team: This post is from guest blogger Ginny Melby.

“Just trust God.” We hear that a lot when we are going through a dip (or a pothole) in the road of life. But it is so much easier said than done. What does trusting God look like when you’re facing circumstances that are scarier than you ever could have imagined? Or when you’re in a fearful time of waiting, your mind racing through all the possible unknowns?

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things (Eccles. 11:5).

I think I’m starting to understand what the author of Ecclesiastes was trying to say here. He’s giving me a reference point to help me understand how I don’t understand what God is up to. Fetus development? I’m clueless. Wind patterns? Uh … let me check The Weather Channel. God’s plans? I can only imagine!

There is no verse in the Bible that says, “Work to understand My plans exactly.” However, we find multiple verses about God’s plans being sovereign and hard for humans to comprehend and even more verses about trusting God.

Isaiah 55:8 says, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.”

Isaiah 30:15 says, “In quietness and trust is your strength.”

So instead of trying so hard to figure out what God is up to, let’s focus on trusting Him for His best! And the quickest way to trusting God is knowing God. Study His character and His love, and grow deeper in your faith.

Though we are trying to trust God, we are often still tempted to fear. But God promises perfect peace—a peace which passes understanding—to those who trust Him (Isa. 26:3–4).

How can we know that we are really trusting God? First of all, we are happy to give our worries to Him, because we believe that He is sovereign and good. We invite Him into the mess and surrender our fears, allowing Him to work in his sovereignty. Also, we sense God’s promised peace. In the middle of a storm, we have a deep knowledge that God is there. In the words of Chris Tomlin, “I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind. The God of angel armies is always by my side.”

Even as young women, we should work toward becoming the kind of woman who is honored in Proverbs 31. Verse 25 says that “she is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” She is not fearful of the future because she knows who holds it.

There is not a speck of the universe about which God does not say “MINE.” Everything is subject to His sovereignty, and He is completely sustaining everything. What are we afraid of? Break the bonds of fear, and just trust God.

About Author

Ginny Melby is a senior at Wheaton College in Illinois studying elementary education. Combining her loves for travel and the Lord, Ginny hopes to move overseas to be a missionary teacher after college.

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