How hard it is to trust in the dark!
Sometimes it seems like I'm finally getting the hang of this "trust" stuff..
When one of the nephews/nieces/family/friends has something going on in their lives that is harmful or hurtful, I pound on heaven's door, pleading continuously for God's will to be my will, when it should be the other way round
And that's the plain, unvarnished truth.
When it comes to them, it is so hard to put them where they belong: in His hands.
And then let go.
The "putting" is the easy part.
The "letting go," not so much.
I want them to be ok. I want the crisis to be over with. I want them whole and happy and blessed.
And to pray "As You will" doesn't enter my head, let alone my heart.
I know that's not where He wants me, or how He wants me to pray.
Recently another crisis popped up.
I was beside myself with worry.
I felt beaten, like someone had punched me in the gut. Hundreds of miles away and helpless - that's how I felt. I contacted every prayer chain and every pray-er that I knew and stormed heaven's gates.
And God, in His mercy and power, stepped in.
But I find myself wondering:
What if He hadn't?
I knew at the time that it was a possibility. My education was in this specific area and each report gave mounting stress and fear to my heart. I knew too many ways for things to go wrong, and I should have intervened.
As the news grew more and more grim, I didn't want to push them to a decision they were reluctant to make. I don't know what I would have done if He had chosen other than what my heart was pleading for. I feel guilty enough now - I can't imagine how I will feel if something worse happens because of my reluctance - which is still a possibility.
So I pray.
And strain with every ounce that's in me to trust.
I have a plaque which says, "Faith means going to the edge of all you know - and taking one more step."
It is walking forward in the dark, knowing that the edge of the cliff is in front of me - and being willing to step off that cliff, trusting that He will catch me,,,
Or give me wings.
And being willing to do it.
I find I'm not there yet. Every time I think I am, He shows me how far I have to go.
But this I know, with every cell in my body, I am His. He holds me in His hands in the dark as well as the light.
And though I still stumble around in the dark, and bump into walls and fall and bruise a knee here and there, He will never ever let me fall into the abyss.
For underneath are the Everlasting Arms.