Thursday, July 16, 2009
By definition faith is the belief and trust in God; knowing that he is real, even though one cannot see him. How is it possible that something that sounds so simple can be the most challenging is beyond me. I suppose like most people, when asked if I had faith in God, I would say “of course, I believe and trust in God. He has revealed himself and his many blessings in my life numerous times.” However, in the wee hours of the morning when I am wake at 4 am AGAIN stressing about finances or my career path AGAIN, I know I must be stronger in my faith in God and more importantly faith and trust in HIS plan.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11
It was once said ‘If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.’ He must laugh often around us all thinking we have it all figured out. We hold tight to our own illusions of control over our lives, “If only you could just get a peak at the road map of life, then….you would understand; then………… you would trust that God has it all figured out.” But, having true faith in God is much more than that. It is a matter of giving your life and all the details over to God and trusting that his way is the right way whether it makes sense to you or not.
All this brings the Serenity Prayer to mind:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
“You control our thoughts, attitude, actions, and reactions therefore we do have some control your destiny.” Oddly enough, that is the message on philosophy band beauty products, Grace. They must know that we as women need to hear this EVERY day, I know I do.
It is our job to lay our fears and worries at the feet of God and trust that he has it all covered.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3, 5-6
I say all of this to you, because really I need to repeat all of this to myself on a daily basis. Much like the little engine that could, I’ll be telling myself all day that, “I think I can, I think I can, because through God ALL things are possible.”
I wish you all a blessed day.