As a mom, there have been SO many times when I have been consumed with worry and concern about my kids. Often, I have found myself thinking “If I do/say this, then maybe that will make them do/say……” It’s a struggle to just take the child and their situation to God, and trust HIM to take care of it, without MY help!
The truth is that HE doesn’t need my help, but I sure do need His! God can work in hearts, and change hearts. He can work in ways we would never think of, to accomplish His purpose and plans. Why is is so hard to just take it to Him, leave it, and be still?
I had a sweet, and wonderful reminder the other day that we CAN trust God, and we don’t need to try to help Him. The reminder came in the form of a voice mail from my daughter. She is at Bible college, ten hours away from home. Though she loves it and is doing well, it hasn’t been easy for her. She is learning many lessons, as she listens and lets God teach her.
Her message started with the words, “I just called to tell you what lesson God taught me this week.” She went on to tell me how God showed her that she thinks a lot, and tends to worry and get frustrated about situations. She thinks and thinks about what she can do to “fix” it, or take care of it. (I don’t know WHERE she might have gotten that from!)
That morning she was feeling concerned about a friend who wasn’t thinking clearly, and was leaning towards making a big mistake. She fretted about what she could do, or should say. She cried out to God, and asked Him to do something to change the friend’s heart. Later that morning in chapel, the message was about going the wrong way. Her friend ended up crying at the end of the message, realizing the error of their thinking.
She ended her message with these words:
The lesson I learned from this is: God takes care of things in the end. I don’t have to always step up, and try to fix it myself.
Wow, what a blessing to see God prove Himself to her! If you are consumed with worry about how to fix a situation, or change it, remember that GOD CAN BE TRUSTED, and leave it with Him.