A Lesson in Trust
by Rochelle Heilbrun
Have you ever had those days where you wake up late, you can’t find your socks, your toast gets burnt, you show up late for the meeting, and the whole rest of your day is thrown off by the practical things of life? I’m sure we’ve all experienced days like this, for some, more often than not.
Well, this very scene has happened to me far too often lately. But lucky for me, I have a husband who knows I have this problem. On days like these, I suddenly find a plate of fresh fruit and perfectly toasted bread with some butter, a fresh load of laundry that has just been dried, and a cup of coffee to take me out the door on time. What’s funny is that I’m never thinking about how he is going to help me that day. My mind can only handle thinking about the fact that I am late and my hair is sticking up in all directions. But Josh always knows what I need and what I will forget on those mornings.
This little life picture is something I keep thinking about. It shows me how God takes care of me. These past few years, I have been consumed by work, finances, and other life demands. It often feels as if I am getting nowhere in my efforts to pay off debt, improve myself, and even chase after God-given dreams. But then I think about the picture I painted for you… In the same way that I need help getting ready in the morning, I need help preparing myself for life daily. God already knows what each day will hold. He already knows the mistakes I will make. He already knows what financial need will come my way this month. He already knows the next time my car will break down. Nothing is a surprise to Him.
I love what Matthew 6:26 NKJV says: “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” You are move valuable than the birds. Sometimes we have to put things into proper perspective–God’s perspective of us. When Josh brings me breakfast, my first thought is gratefulness, but then I feel bad that he helped me when he could be doing something else that he might want to do. But Josh isn’t feeling that way at all. He wants to help me because he loves me and he cares about me. God is the same way. It might seem like we are “bugging” God by asking Him for help, but He can’t wait to help us! In fact, He wants us to ask for help. Psalm 50:15 NKJV says, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
A couple of months ago, we were going through a particularly hard time financially. As we looked at our monthly bills and calculated how much money we had, it wasn’t adding up. We were going to be short for the coming week’s bills. As financial worry started to infect our minds, we tried to stay faithful and be stewards of our finances. A couple of days later, we got a letter in the mail from my brother and his wife, who didn’t know how financially strapped we were. Inside was a little note and a $100 check with a Bible verse. We were shocked and filled with faith! But we were still short on finances.
A day or two later, we received another letter from them. Inside was a note that said something similar to “Round 2, God wanted another go at it.” And with it was a check for $101. At this we were humbled and surprised. The two checks combined were enough for the amount we needed to pay our rent. Since then, there have had several instances where, on paper, we were going to be very close to not making it, but then we somehow came out with more than enough.
God’s love for us is so incredibly great! He knows exactly what we need, exactly when we need it! Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”
So this week, trust in God, because He is more than worthy to be trusted. Take refuge in Him, and find Him in the times of doubt, in the times of struggle, and in the times of uncertainty.