Sunday, May 2, 2010

Trust

"Trust in the Lord, and do good. So shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed." Psalm 37:3

I was thinking about trusting God as I read through the account of Noah and his family and the flood the other day. It occurred to me that even though the ark was given to them by God to be their "salvation", it must have been terrifying to be in it during that storm. With the wind blowing and the "fountains of the deep" breaking up and the torrential rains beating down, I can only imagine that there were very human questions being asked as to whether the ark would stay together and if they would make it through alive. Then, over a month later, when the storm stopped, there would have been other feelings to reckon with. For days, and weeks, and months there was nothing but dull monotony as they did their daily tasks, cared for the animals, and waited for the waters to recede. During those long days while they were confined to a relatively small space with no end in sight it may have seemed that what they were doing had no significance whatsoever.

Isn't that an interesting picture of our lives? As I've thought of Noah up to now, I really only thought about how much faith he must have had to build the ark. It took a long time and people made fun of him, but he believed God and persevered. But, how much more faith it must have taken *in* the ark! How much he would have needed to believe God's promises, and trust God's faithfulness to he and his family. As a believer, I need to be like Noah. I need to remember to trust God in the storms of my life, when the very foundations of my life seem to be crumbling. During those hard and perhaps frightening times, I need to remember the promises He has made, and trust His faithfulness to bring me through. I also need to trust God when I am surrounded by the "daily-ness" of life. When I feel confined by my surroundings, and spend most of my time doing those daily monotonous tasks that are necessary, but not flashy. You know - things like making meals, doing dishes, folding laundry, kissing feverish foreheads and spending time planning for the comfort of my husband and children. As I trust Him during those times to "perfect that which concerneth me", He will use those mundane things that were done to His glory to weave beautiful threads in the eternal tapestry of my life.

May you be blessed and be a blessing this week - wherever God has placed you!




1 comment:

Rebecca said...

What a blessing! Our church has been facing financial difficulty, and my husband offered back over half his salary to balance the budget at last night's business meeting. I'm certain God will work to purify our lives and glorify Himself through this time, but your thoughts were just the balm for an aching heart :-)