If there is one thing God has been repeatedly reminding me about in the last twelve months it has been the need for me to trust Him in everything. The strange thing is that the further I travel in my Christian journey the more challenging God seems to be making it for me to have and hold onto that trust. That may sound ridiculous and it is! I have learned not to trust in things of man – especially financial institutions, but why should I struggle to trust God?
The main issue is time. God works to a different clock. I do understand that God’s timing is always perfect, but given the impatience that is part of human nature most of us spend our lives wishing that God would be a bit quicker at doing what He has said He will do. We may even question our faith in the interim. Part of the problem is that we prefer telling God what He should do for us, instead of asking what we can do for Him. And we get impatient and lose faith because usually we are asking for the wrong things. The other thing we need to remember is that God sees what we don’t.
Take the beach as an example. Walking on Holcombe beach in Devon a couple of weeks ago I was shocked to see how much sand had been shifted offshore by the winter storms. I am fairly certain that nature will move the sand back where it belongs before humans are brave enough to venture down to the beach to swim. Walking back on the sea wall I looked down to see ripples in the sand that I hadn’t noticed when I was walking on the sand. In fact the whole beach takes on a different perspective when viewed from above. It is also possible to see further from the sea wall as height extends the horizon. There are ships beyond the horizon that cannot be seen, as well as the French coast. I know that I am never going to be able to see the French coast from Holcombe, but God sees not only France, but also the whole world in an instant. There really is no excuse not to trust the One who sees everything, and also knows everything, and created everything.
One other thing that is of huge relevance (and thank you to my friend Jerry for pointing this out) concerns the power that constantly reshapes the beach. The same power and more is available to reshape our lives. And that is probably something that needs to happen daily as we seek to trust in God to do everything He has already ordained (and in his time not ours).
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2 NIV)