I ran across this quote today from Dr. Timothy Keller:
Man, does that quote challenge me right now. God has been taking me (and my family) on a journey this year. It's a journey that has had its share of worry, anxiety, sleepless nights, anger, bitterness; peace, joy, humility . . . As you can see, it's been an emotional roller coaster for us. Needless to say, this quote hits hard and penetrates deep into my soul.
Over the past eight months I have struggled with worry about the future. Do I not trust God to get it right?
Over the past eight months I have struggled with bitterness and anger toward a situation where I, and my family, were wronged. Do I not trust that God has a plan and can heal?
The answer to both of these questions is - of course I trust God (that's where the peace and joy come in from the list above). I know God has a beautiful plan for me and my family. I know it is a perfect plan designed for us from the beginning of time. My responsibility right now is to stay focused on God.
I want to share with you a prayer that I have prayed every day for the past eight months. I hope it encourages you as it has me:
"Lord, I trust you; help me trust you today."
I will continue to pray that prayer as I continue on this journey God has me on. It makes me think of that late 19th century hymn: Trust and obey, for there's no other way; to be happy in Jesus; than to trust and obey.