Friday, June 21, 2013

God Answered Me

I am interrupting my series on "Making it Easy to Get to the Table" for time of reflection. (For links to the first six parts and a preview of what's to come, see below.)

This week I had a birthday. I had hoped to spend the morning in the Arboretum in our town just talking with God and journaling and listening to what He wants from me during this next year of life, but a variety of circumstances cut that time down to an hour. But it was still a good time with God.

My husband and I have been walking through assorted trials recently, varying from concern about the souls of loved ones to annoyances in life. When one of these came to light three and a half years ago, I started asking God, "Please don't let me waste this pain. Use it for all it can be used in my life and through my life." I've seen that answered, some, but apparently I have more to learn and God has more to do in me, because that trial continues.

Wednesday, I asked God, "What are these tests for?" And you know what? God answered me:

You have been distressed by various trials
so that the proof of your faith,
being much more precious than gold
which is perishable,
even though tested by fire,
may be found to result in praise and glory 
and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

If that sounds familiar, that's because it is 1 Peter 1:6-7. I didn't hear God's voice, but after I wrote the question down, I immediately remembered (I believe led by the Holy Spirit) First Peter chapter one talks about trials. I skimmed the chapter until I saw the word trials and then read carefully what seemed to be a direct answer to my question!

God was telling me it is a privilege to go through trials; because of them I will be able to give more praise and glory and honor to Christ than I would have been able to, had I not had them.

So I got bold and asked, "Show me how to go through my trials, Lord. I want to bring glory to you even now, by how I face them." Then God answered me:

Though you have not seen Him,
you love Him,
and though you do not see Him now,
but believe in Him,
you greatly rejoice
with joy inexpressible and full of glory.

That's verse eight. God wants me to believe and rejoice. I wrote in my journal, "I won't lie. It's hard. I believe and believe (this involves scrunching my eyes shut and holding my breath and tightening my stomach muscles, right? [I was trying to be funny here]) for answers that Your Word tells me are according to Your will. But it's not happening. 

"So I'm supposed to believe in You anyway? Right? Not believe that but believe in, without seeing You (which I never have) and without seeing You work in the lives of those I love. I still need to believe."

In his book With, Skye Jethani says, "Faith is surrendering control to God." That is what God wants from me in this next year of my life. He want me to believe in Him, and let Him take control, which, of course He has had all along.

I have to admit, I was looking for ministries, specifics, promises, maybe the dates when I should go visit my Mom so she can have a hip replacement, or even which pub tables my committee should order for our church fellowship room--yes, it is interesting that we are getting "pub" tables for church!--or a firm promise for the most profound need of those I love. 

But God said, "Trust Me."

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To read the "Making It Easy" series thus far, click here.
Or go directly to the topic that interests you.
Energy to Get to the Table (Part 5)
There. Is. No. Need. To. Yell. [Pleasant Mealtimes] (Part 6)

Other Posts that will be coming:

  • Attract Your Family to the Table
  • Making Your Table a "Meal Zone"
  • Saving Money on Food
  • Cooking Ahead

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  1. Very inspiring...thanks for sharing.

  2. Happy birthday!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  3. Surrendering control. Why is that so hard? So many times I think if my hands are holding life tightly then it will spin out of control. I need to practice opening my hands as an offering to God.

  4. I love your flower photos, they are so beautiful.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  5. Beautiful photos and wonderful food for my own thoughts. I often am asking God to take my troubles away instead of asking how I can use them in my walk. Thank you for sharing at All Things Pretty.

  6. I think everyone has a problem with control. I know I do.

    I enjoyed your flowers, you hostas look fantastic!

  7. Beautiful post. May He bless you and keep you through this next chapter.

  8. Thanks for sharing this rich, encouraging post. I loved the hosta garden. It just gave me inspiration to see that!!

    Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home.



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