God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It's up to us and our children to tend to the terms of this Revelation. - Deuteronomy 29:29 MSG
"Trey, go ahead and choose your shirt for today." His eyes lit up as he ran his hands over the hangers. He took his time, looking at each shirt, and finally picked one. The novelty of picking his own clothes, clothes that were hanging within his reach, made him smile. "This one! And this one!" he yelled proudly.
Later that morning, he took one of his shirts off, and hung it carefully on hanger and put it back on the rod. I watched amused as he straightened up the hangers.
The sense of empowerment and ability radiated on his face.
I believe that our heavenly father feels the same sense of goodwill and pleasure in us when we begin to realize the truths he has placed within our reach. In each stage of our spiritual journey we are presented with deeper thoughts, challenging truths, and difficulties that present us with the opportunity to trust.
In my life, trust is what I call an experiential truth. That is, the more I experience, I more I learn to trust. Oftentimes, it comes only after very challenging and difficult times. At each of these points, God places within my reach new thoughts to assist me in this deeper realization of our relationship.
Early in my faith, I questioned everything. When my faith was questioned I panicked. How could I express what I myself didn't understand? But with each experience, with each passing year, I have come to a place where I can comfortably say - 'I don't have an answer for that. All I know is that my faith comforts me. I am secure in my salvation. I am guided by truths that feel solid and firm to me. I hope that someday you experience this hope.' I believe that God smiles proudly when we are able to settle comfortably in his love for us.
Within our reach, at each stage of our spiritual walk, is the simple truth that God loves us and that Jesus paid the price for our salvation. Having accepted that sacrifice, we are now children of God and while we will continue to experience wonderful as well as hurtful situations - we have the hope, in the midst it all, of eternal life.
Today, be encouraged. It is not on you to explain God. Simply LIVE God's love, learning to trust even as you experience ups and downs. Believe that God will reveal truth to you each step of the way, and don't fret about what you do not know yet.
Do you have the hope that I talk about? If you don't, and you want to, please contact me. I'd love to introduce you to my daddy, my heavenly father.
"We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well."
(1 Corinthians 10:24b MSG)