I want to share a tradition of mine with you.
At the beginning of every year, God inspires me to pick a theme for the year. Then I find a verse that matches that theme, and I memorize it. The verse this year is Proverbs 3:5-6.
The theme this year is definitely TRUST.
Trusting the Lord. Trusting in His perfect timing. Trusting that in all things, in the end He is working everything out for good.
Trust is like a muscle. The more you exercise it and use it, the stronger it becomes.
Times of Growth
One of my biggest trust growing experiences was going away to college; leaving my family behind and venturing out on my own. But my relationship and trust in God grew as He helped me overcome homesickness, a breakup, and a difficult roommate experience.
I wouldn’t trade those years for anything! Not only did my trust in the Lord grow, but I became a more independent and adventurous woman.
You see, when you trust the Lord, there are so many things you gain. Faith, character, and patience, to name a few.
Think of a time when you were diligently praying for the Lord to come through and do something specific in your life. Did He answer as soon as you wanted Him too? He did not for me. He made me wait and see.
In the Waiting
For me, anxiety tends to creep in the longer I wait for His answer. But reading the Word, and having the Holy Spirit hold me accountable for my thoughts, helps keep me grounded on the truth. The truth is, He has been faithful in providing for me, and now for my husband, in every area that I prayed and waited for Him. It took time, but it was always worth the wait!
Right now our struggle is wanting to buy a house in a very terrible market. (Helllooo Colorado!) We went to a home-buyer’s class, and just realized that the timing is very wrong for us to buy at this point. We’ve been praying for months that God would give us wisdom on how and if to move forward with house hunting. And today, His answer was wait…
Which happens to be a very common theme in the life of this go-getter, all-in, dreamer of a woman.
And I finally see that this theme is actually a positive one in my life. The greatest blessings come after trials and long periods of trusting the Lord.
God’s Perfect Timing
So take courage! Sometimes it is God’s perfect timing and will that causes the greatest blessings to have long periods of time pass between them. It makes us even more grateful when they come!
I’ll be praying for you as that trust muscle stretches and grows. May your love grow for the Lord throughout the journey!