Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:6-7 NIV
When Pam and I moved to Birmingham with our 4 young children and Pam pregnant with our 5th, we settled in around 600 miles from our home in Plant City, Florida. With a family our size it did not take long until Pam was sporting the soccer mom routine in a conversion van. The drive home usually took around 11 hours.
Most of our trips home for holidays and vacations did not start until after I got off work. This meant that Pam and I would trade off driving all night long while the children slept…at least that was our goal. When we made it to the grandparents, the children were refreshed, Pam and I were exhausted.
Now that we are older, we understand that our parents did not sleep well that night while we were traveling either. Last night our two youngest daughters decided to drive all night long for a quick Florida trip. They got it honestly.
Long intro for this question, how do you trust God for things that are outside of your control? How do you handle all of the “what if something goes wrong” questions?
- Planning is okay and not a lack of trust. On trips, inspect the car and make repairs as needed. My Dad would say if you trust the car to go across town, you can trust it to go across the country.
- Learn to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit. He has led us to change road directions, pray differently for protection from animals, and incorporate slow downs as part of His plan.
- Cast all your care upon Him, because He cares for you. He will sustain you. Learn how to steward trusting God for things out of your comfort zone. The same trust works for the bigger issues.
- Ask God to help you with the bills and remember how He proved Himself faithful.
- Pray for healing over your children and watch how God works
- Ask God to reconcile relationships, then follow His lead.
- Learn to memorize scriptures and trust those promises for yourself. Joshua 1:9 tells Joshua to be strong and courageous, for the Lord God will be with you wherever he goes. He was with us in our van. He is with our daughters as they travel.
These examples help you learn how to trust God for results that are out of your control. I don’t expect to hear bad news. Could it happen? Yes. But my greater bent of thought is to trust God to watch over my girls as they travel.
God was in charge yesterday for their safety. God is in charge at the present moment. And God will be in control of any issue that may arise in the future. I can place my hope and trust in God who does such things for His children.
On this Fear Not Friday, place your concerns in the God you trust to be always in charge. He is a loving Father who watches over His children. Trust Him.
Blessings Love y’all