Monday, November 16, 2009

Who Do You Trust?

Recently, I have received numerous emails from pastor's wives who are really going through a difficult and challenging time in their ministry. My heart breaks for these women and their families. Ministry is not always a bed of roses. As many of you who are in ministry know, there are many, many challenges which go along with this profession.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Do you really trust God with ALL your heart? If you and I are honest, we have to admit that there are times when trusting God is not that simple. When there is absolutely no end in sight and it seems our world is crashing in around us, we feel helpless and very alone in our struggles.

God wants you to trust Him even when we do not understand what is going on around us. When the future is everything but clear and you feel as though you cannot go on, God says to trust Him. There are times that the path we travel becomes very obscure and we cannot see what lies ahead. We travel with a degree of uncertainty. Fear often seeks to grip our souls.

In 1989 Geoffrey Gorsuch, while flying his small plane in the midst of a horrible storm, reports that he could barely see 20 feet in front of the plane. On the ground, signals were being transmitted to the five radios and three navigational aids on board the aircraft. These instruments guided the plane through the storm to the runway. There were moments when the confusion in the clouds could have been fatal, times when everything seemed to indicate that the instruments were lying, making panic and pilot error inevitable. But the pilot had been trained to trust the instruments. As the plane broke out of the clouds 100 feet off the runway and in a perfect altitude for landing, all that remained for the pilot to do was to ease back the power and the stick and allow the plane to settle onto the runway. As the emergency vehicles approached with their blaring sirens and flashing lights, the pilot knew they would not be necessary. He had trusted the instruments. And so it is with God. He has endowed us with spiritual instruments to get us through the storms of life. But do we know how to interpret them? And, having received the message, will we trust it with our very lives? That is the essence of faith. ~Geoffrey Gorsuch~

When you lean on something you tend to place your entire weight on it, resting on and trusting in that person or object. No matter how long, how rough, how dark, how lonely the way may seem, trust God and His love for you.

Life places many challenges before us but we can have peace knowing that God is our strength. I have counseled several desperate women this week and truly my heart aches for them. They are treading through some very deep valleys in their lives and I am praying for them but God is their strength, their shield and their source for the solution to what they are dealing with. Sometimes garbage navigates into our lives because we make very poor choices but sometimes God allows us to experience trials for reasons we may never understand. God has a purpose and through it all we must TRUST Him and lean upon Him for guidance, strength and direction.

Blessings friends!

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