Stepping Forward in Trust

We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. They are the people God called, because that was his plan. Romans 8:28 (ICB)

In our part of the country, we are now into our fifth week of shelter-in-place, with at least five more weeks to go. I am thanking God that my family and friends have remained safe. My son and daughter-in-law have been going into work each day as they are both considered essential workers. My daughter and her family have been busy at the farm. I have been doing what I can to stay safe and to help them out. Each of us, in our own way, are stepping forward in trust.

I know how much chaos reigns in your lives right now. Everything is different; everything is changing day by day; everything has you wondering what tomorrow will be like  or next week, or next month, or this summer. Trust is something that is hard to come by and it is a little bit scary.

We need to remember, especially at this time, that God is in control. We can trust Him. His plans are for our good; His heart is for His people. We know of His character, His promises, His unconditional love for us. And this helps us to trust.

As I’m sure most of you are, my grandchildren are going to school online. It took some getting used to, but now they are learning to trust that this will work and that next week they will be continuing to learn. And they are stepping forward in trust that they will be returning to their school buildings next fall.

They are also taking care of their livestock, trusting that the end of summer will bring the county fair; that things will, at some point, return to normal; that this is just a different kind of season in their lives. Trusting that Jesus is watching over them, their family, their teachers, their friends.

My son and daughter-in-law continue to go into work each day, trusting that God has them in His loving hands, trusting the people they work with to be safe, trusting their bosses to do what they can to make things easier. They are making overseas travel plans for the future, travel plans that were canceled this spring. They are stepping forward in trust.

The farmers around here are in just as much chaos as the rest of the nation; not sure if they will be able to get what they need for their crops this year; unsure of what the economy will look like when harvest time rolls around. And yet, they are out in their fields, preparing the soil, laying down fertilizer, keeping their machinery running, planning ahead. They are stepping forward in trust.

A few weeks ago, I was worried about the trees, grass and flowers around here. We had a late spring snowstorm and it seemed like that had spoiled our spring. Nothing was greening up, nothing was blooming. But I trusted that, in time, it would happen. And it has! Spring is all around us here now. The birds are singing, the grass is green, flowers are blooming and leaves are appearing on the trees. Even with all my needless worrying, it happened. I just needed to step forward in trust.

None of us know what the future holds. None of us know what next year will look like, yet alone next month. With all the uncertainty in the world today, it’s good to know we have Someone we can trust. Jesus stepped forward in trust  trust in His Father, trust in His mission, trust in mankind. He, too, was living in an uncertain time, a time of chaos and unrest. But His obedience and unconditional love for us helped Him to step forward in trust. We need to honor Him by doing the same.

But we are hoping for something that we do not have yet. We are waiting for it patiently. Romans 8:25 (ICB)

A Stander in Nebraska

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