Life is not predictable. There are ups and downs along the way. Many of us want to trust God. When times are good, it can feel easier. But when times feel difficult, it is even more important to trust God. God’s unchanging character can give us a firm foundation when things feel unsteady and uncertain.
Life can be going along smoothly for a season. Your job is satisfying. Your friends and family are enjoyable. Your goals, finances, health and outlook seem bright. Then, all of a sudden, life throws a curveball. Someone you know gets sick. You lose your job. A friend or family member betrays you. The things you felt secure in all of a sudden feel shaky and uncertain.
How do you trust that God is good in these circumstances? How do you trust Him when you do not understand what is happening? When you cannot see a resolution? These are valid questions, and God wants to help you navigate them.
This wonderful story helped me and I am sure it will help you too
A MAN JUST GOT MARRIED AND WAS RETURNING HOME WITH HIS WIFE. THEY WERE CROSSING A LAKE IN A BOAT, WHEN SUDDENLY A GREAT STORM AROSE. THE MAN WAS A WARRIOR, BUT THE WOMAN BECAME VERY MUCH AFRAID BECAUSE IT SEEMED ALMOST HOPELESS:
THE BOAT WAS SMALL AND THE STORM WAS REALLY HUGE, AND ANY MOMENT THEY WERE GOING TO BE DROWNED. BUT THE MAN SAT SILENTLY, CALM AND QUIET, AS IF NOTHING WAS HAPPENING.
THE WOMAN WAS TREMBLING AND SHE SAID, “ARE YOU NOT AFRAID ?”. THIS MAY BE OUR LAST MOMENT OF LIFE! IT DOESN’T SEEM THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO REACH THE OTHER SHORE. ONLY SOME MIRACLE CAN SAVE US; OTHERWISE DEATH IS CERTAIN. ARE YOU NOT AFRAID? ARE YOU MAD OR SOMETHING? ARE YOU A STONE OR SOMETHING?
THE MAN LAUGHED AND TOOK THE SWORD OUT OF ITS SHEATH. THE WOMAN WAS EVEN MORE PUZZLED: WHAT HE WAS DOING? THEN HE BROUGHT THE NAKED SWORD CLOSE TO THE WOMAN’S NECK, SO CLOSE THAT JUST A SMALL GAP WAS THERE, IT WAS ALMOST TOUCHING HER NECK.
HE SAID,” ARE YOU AFRAID ?”
SHE STARTED TO LAUGH AND SAID,” WHY SHOULD I BE AFRAID ?,IF THE SWORD IS IN YOUR HANDS, WHY I SHOULD BE AFRAID? I KNOW YOU LOVE ME.
” HE PUT THE SWORD BACK AND SAID, THIS IS MY ANSWER”. I KNOW GOD LOVES ME, AND THE STORM IS IN HIS HANDS