Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Will You Trust?


1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

You can have what you want, but not right now. ~Ruth M.

Do you ever catch yourself wishing and praying for a desire you have in your heart?  Enduring endless entreaties to God that seem to fall on deaf ears?  Does the disappointment suddenly become a point of discouragement and hopelessness?  

Or are you willing to trust in God's timing for an answer?

THE answer.

I love the story a dear friend, Ruth, shares with me, when years ago, she addresses the wants and longings of a much younger woman, Carol, who is feeling frustrated that all her hopes seems thwarted and denied.  Wisely, Ruth speaks the words quoted above.  For Carol, this becomes the turning point in how she views her situation.

In short, it changes her life.

Carol no longer lingers on the false premise of immediate gratification.  Instead, she sets her sights on the future, trusting and working in faith to realize her dreams.

Happy and expectant. 

Holding the Lord close to her heart.

Knowing He cares for her and about her.

Isn't that all that matters?

Keeping ourselves humble, the Lord will lift us up in due time.

His time.

Maybe, not right now.

But He will.

And He does.

Will you trust?

Amen!

20 comments:

  1. Thank you Martha for today's post. I needed to read this right now as I continue to pray.

    God bless you.

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    1. So gratified that today's post spoke to your heart, Victor. Yes, keep on praying!
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Thank you for this beautiful post. Very powerful words spoken today. The best things in life are worth waiting for.

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    1. Yes, indeed, they are, Pamela. Thanks, too, for sharing my post on Facebook. So appreciated!
      Love and blessings!

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  3. Yes, it is often hard to wait but when we are patient we often get great rewards!

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    1. So right, Terri. It's no surprise that patience is a virtue.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. I like that saying Martha. Lots of truth to that.

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    1. Yes, Bill, there certainly is a lot of truth to that. God may say not now, not yet, or "Hey! I have a much better plan for you!" The key is to trust.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Oh Martha, this is a great post and it goes along (at least in my mind) with the post I'm working on currently. Learning to wait for something (or wait on God) isn't easy no matter our age. I love your quote!

    Love and blessings!

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    1. Wow, Kim! This sounds like another God-incidence to me, that our minds are spinning in the same direction. And learning to wait upon the Lord is definitely a lesson worth every moment we DO wait, trusting He will never fail us.
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Oh, you caught me! I am usually very good about receiving what comes my way without trying to interfere, but a few days ago, I gave into my impatient desire and prayed to have a situation turn out a particular way...soon! So you were speaking directly to me with this post. How did you know????

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    1. I didn't know, Galen, but God certainly did. You know, when I wrote this post, I wasn't sure if it would resonate with others, but seemingly, it has big time! I am thanking Him right now for that. God is good, always!
      Love and blessings!

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  7. The secret to happy living is being patient, and knowing that God’s timing is quite different from ours. Thank you, Martha, for this lovely reminder to let go and let God!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words here, Nells. It is all about letting go and letting God, isn't it?
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Always beautiful and timely, Martha. Trust comes through a relationship with our loving Father. As we grow to know Him, we can trust Him more and more.

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    1. Amen, Beckie! The better we know Him, the more we can trust.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. good thoughts. I am of the generation who were told and believed you could have it all. But like your friend Ruth - yes you can but not all at once. Just articulating our deepest desire is a journey in itself and takes times to uncover. Once I knew it, the other stuff became less important. Man, you got me thinking today, Martha! LOL. Thanks.

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    1. I'm so glad this got you thinking, Jean, because it certainly had me in the same cross-hairs. You and I are in that same generation: work hard, stay focused, and all is yours. No, not all is ours until we place our focus upon Jesus. He is all that matters in the long run. Thank you for your thoughtful comment here!
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Leaning heavily on Him, trusting in His faithfulness, His character, His love.

    Where would we be without Jesus ... I shudder to think.

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    1. I, too, shudder to think, Linda. Where would we, where could we be? The very thought shatters all hope of love and peace in this world. Jesus promised His peace to us. If it weren't for that, I don't think life would be worth living. He is the All and All. May those not acquainted with Him come to know of His unending love and immeasurable grace.
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