So we are walking out of one life and into another. My husband and I are literally closing a door and locking it behind us. With two little hands holding tight to ours, our daughters are entrusting their futures to our decisions and choices. They don't know where we are taking them. They don't know what awaits. Quite honestly, neither do we. Not really. Who can but God? And so as we are moving forward, packing boxes, pulling up old carpet and making Good Will drop offs, I can't help but consider ... am I holding tightly onto the Lord's hand and entrusting my future to Him? Am I, with a child- like faith, following Jesus wherever He may lead me in this new season?
Trust means resting upon God’s promises as we follow where He leads and where He leads isn't always clear. Sometimes, we have no idea where He is taking us. But when we trust Jesus, we allow Him to have the final say in our lives, knowing full well that His will for us answers all the questions that our troubled hearts are searching for.
Ecclesiastes 3 talks about the seasons we will experience in this life:
"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every matter under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace."
Let's admit it ... It's so easy to trust Jesus when things are all bright and beautiful- our times of satisfaction and comfort - When our social calendars are full and our love lives are thriving; when our savings are comfortable and when the number on the scale looks lovely.
But can we trust God even in our seasons of uncertainty? Can we truly trust and keep faith during the most difficult seasons of life?
Right now, I am excited about our next steps, but I also can't help but wonder are we leaving what we shouldn't? Would staying be better for us in the long run? Is this new city going to be a better fit for our family or does it hold unforeseen problems that we might not have encountered where we were?
I don't know the answers to those questions and to be honest, if I dwell on them too long, I begin to develop worry which is the exact opposite of trusting.
Be anxious for nothing....
Trusting God doesn't mean that we won't have questions, but it does mean that we position our hearts to believe the One who has the answers.
So as we look into the faith-filled truths of Scripture, I hope these verses will uplift, encourage, and fill your hearts during the up and down seasons of life.
For Seasons of Emptiness or Loneliness
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelations 21:4
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.
The righteous will be remembered forever, He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
For Seasons of Rejoicing and Celebration
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.- Philemon 1:7
So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. -John 16:22
I delight greatly in the Lord;my soul rejoices in my God.For he has clothed me with garments of salvationand arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.- Isaiah 61:10
For Seasons of Fear or Worry
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. -John 14:27
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. -Psalm 56:3
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. -Psalm 94:19
For Seasons of Hard Decision Making
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way -Psalm 37:23
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. -Proverbs 3:6
The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. -Psalm 37:31
For Seasons of Weariness or Stress (Marriage, raising children, work, ministry)
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? -Matthew 6:26
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. -Matt 11:29
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. -Gal. 6:9
So good, right? And what's better is that there are so many more scriptures that address many other areas of life and seasons we are sure to face at some point in our existence. The key is knowing that we aren't alone. God wants us to reach out our hands and take hold of His, because He alone knows where He is taking us. His love and His plans are certain regardless of our uncertainties and He is ever present and always there, whether were are packing life's boxes or unpacking them. So, to reflect, these seasons do not last long. Sometimes we are afraid or unsure or worried or hopeless, but joy will certainly come in the morning!
So as we are contemplating our next moves and considering the trajectory of our decisions, let's ask ourselves this very important question: “Do I trust Jesus in my current season? Am I holding His Hand or Am I holding my boxes?”