During a conversation with one of my sons about a problem I couldn’t fix, I said to him, “You know I have faith. I can look you straight in the eye and tell you in all honesty that I trust God. So, I don’t know why I don’t have peace about this yet.”
Our family has walked with the Lord, and grown in His grace, for many years. We know to ask for His help, we know to “let go and let God” and we have thanked Him for more blessings than we can count. We also know that we have much, much more to learn…
Usually, when I face a challenging problem and don’t know what I’m to do, I ask my Father for His guidance. I remember His promises to be our help in times of need and I try to wait as patiently as possible for His answers. I remind myself that God has never once failed me when I have called out to Him.
This particular problem, though, just kept right on nagging at me, and nagging, and nagging. My mind kept spinning, even while I knew that the end result would be God’s provision. Maybe not knowing how or when it would be solved was causing the problem, but again, isn’t that what trust is all about?
It was if I could almost see a wonderful solution – just out of my reach – and in fact, out of my control and in God’s hands. So, where was the peace? What was I missing? I continued to talk with my Heavenly Father. I knew He could give me the peace I was seeking.
His answer came through loud and clear when He gave my son these words of wisdom to share, “Mom, I think we just need to be ready to receive.”
Aha! Ready to receive God’s answer, in God’s time! He will provide the trust and the peace I need. His answer will be the only perfect answer to any problems I take to Him.
Now, I’m “ready to receive” – I’m gratefully aware of His presence and His love, mercy and grace. I can relax, trusting my Father once again.
Matthew 21:22 (NIV) If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Psalm 62:8 (NIV) Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.