Lately, I have experienced a season of waiting. I am currently recovering from surgery. While I recover, I think… a lot. One of the privileges of co-mingling thinking with the Word of God is gratitude.
I have a lot of gratitude for what God has brought me through. Eleven years ago, I was a scared, young woman wondering what in the world my God was doing – when I became severely ill in the middle of the Fall semester. It was my last semester at home, before I moved out to attend a Master’s program.
You know it is funny now, but it wasn’t then. I seriously couldn’t figure out what God was doing. But writing became how I coped with entering the world of chronic illness and derailed plans.
If my plans succeed, I wouldn’t have many of the gifts and friends I currently have. More important, I would have missed many God-given lessons. and the intimacy I can have with God. One of those many gifts I have been given, through chronic illness, is this ministry of Gracefully Overcoming.
This beautiful community of people I love to seek Jesus Christ alongside – my plans had to be derailed so He could put His plans in action. This is why we trust Him and seek to be obedient, even when we don’t understand.
This is where Proverbs 3:5-6 and many other Scriptures give me an “ohhhhh” kind of feeling.
Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong.Proverbs 3:5-7; TPT
Ohh friend, whomever you are, keep seeking Christ and our Mighty God – even if you don’t understand what He is doing. We don’t need to see what God, who is sovereign and in complete control, is doing – before obeying. Do you remember the old hymn, “Trust and Obey”?
Trust and obey, for there is no other way… to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.