If you’re a Christian you’ve heard it a million times: Trust in the Lord
We all know it’s easier said than done. For me, I like to be in control so trusting does not come easily. I love to plan and I love to know. When I was five years old I dreamed of becoming a party and wedding planner. Sometimes it just about kills me to not know what lies ahead—but when I think about it—where’s the fun in actually knowing? The mystery of what’s to come should ignite us with wonder. God mostly calls us to trust in Him because it shows our faithfulness to Him, but more than that, trusting in Him allows for a deeper bond between us and our Creator.
I will be the first to admit that trusting in God’s plan is difficult, but it is also life changing. About a year ago, my father was unemployed. He was unemployed for about a year, so my entire family had patience running thin. Although our family prayed multiple times a day, our prayers were not answered immediately.
The concept of Providence really made no sense to me, but God made sure to show me Providence on a personal level.
The more and more I reflect on the period of time that my father was unemployed, the more I realize how much of an impact the Lord had on my life during that time. At the time, our family was not exactly struggling at all even though my father was not working. We made ends meet without a problem, and our life was not really changed. What changed was my faith. God took time answering our daily prayers so that we could all develop an understanding of His Providence. Most of all, God taught me a lot of patience. After many months my father did find a job (Praise God!) a job that he loves—what more could we ask for. Just little lessons like that taught me of the unconditional love the Father has for His children.
Everything happens for a reason. God uses the valleys in life to show us the depths of His Providence.
The thing that captivates me the most about God’s Providence is how personal it is. Out of all the people in the world, God deeply cares about each and every prayer intention we hold in our hearts. It may not always be answered immediately or in the way we wanted, but it is even greater. That’s why my life motto has become centered around 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
So here’s the challenge: Trust in the Lord.
Worrying does not do anything for you, literally there is no benefit from worrying. So go out in the world wholeheartedly and Trust in Him. He has perfect timing, so persevere with patience! If you’re hopeless in searching for a spouse, he’s out there. God has the perfect timing for you to meet. Just wait.
Sometimes I get so caught up in daydreaming about my perfect wedding and meeting my spouse that I have to remind myself to just live in the moment instead of wasting it away. If you’re searching for a job, don’t give up hope—the perfect opportunity just hasn’t arrived yet, but it will. If you’re searching for a friend or someone to love you, turn to Jesus. Start there. If you’re lacking in hope or faith at the current time, this is your sign to not be afraid.
Do not be discouraged, the Lord tells us that in Joshua 1:9. The Lord is always by your side. He will provide. It’s like magic, but it is better because it’s pure divinity. It just takes faith. The minute you begin to Trust in the Lord is the minute you will feel His freedom, comfort, and glory. A woman who trusts in the Lord could conquer the world.
So here’s to you wives, mothers, daughters, and women of the Lord. I am just an ordinary girl like you with a mediocre faith. It’s a struggle for me to constantly trust in Him. I am no extraordinary saint with magical powers to trust easily so I understand the difficulty.
Trust me, you should trust in Him.
As much fun as it would be to be a wedding planner, I should leave the “life planning” to God. Why? Because He already has it all planned. In fact, he has it planned far better than you or I could ever imagine. Just as we are promised in Ephesians 3:20: “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory.”
Maggie Rochford is an 18 year old college student with a passion for Christ. She spends her time in Indiana living out her favorite saying, “carpe diem.” She is also quite the advocate for ice coffee, lipstick, and Birkenstocks. Most of Maggie’s days are spent laughing, studying, eating, and watching Jimmy Fallon on YouTube.