Patience & Trust

This week I've been struggling with patience and trust.

I published a book. 

I know how absurd that sounds in my head, so I cannot imagine how it sounds in yours. 

However, the Lord has been teaching me and moulding me through this process. Peeling away at layers I didn't even know I possessed. This morning I was reading in Acts, and I thought I'd share some of what the Lord has been teaching me through Paul, and his incredible faith. 

Then he called two of the centurions and said, “Get ready two hundred soldiers, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea at the third hour of the night. Also provide mounts for Paul to ride, and bring him safely to Felix, the governor.”
— Acts 23:23-24 ESV

The fact that Paul went to Jerusalem when a significant amount--and by that I mean bucketfuls--of Jews, sadducees and pharisee wanted to kill him wasn't something most, even Christians, would do. When the Tribune found out about a plot to kill him it took over three hundred men  to escort him safely to the governor, because the Tribune could find no wrong committed by him.   

And he'd gone to Jerusalem anyway.

Why? Because the Lord told him to go, and he trusted God more than man. 

Does that mean that everything turns out "hunky dory?" No. 

God is still more powerful than man. Peter was killed hanging on an  upside-down cross. 

John crashed on an island and stayed there for quite some time. 

John the Baptist was beheaded

So no, not everything always turns out with sunshine and roses. 

However:

Daniel survived an entire night in a lions den.

David killed a giant with a slingshot. 

Moses led the people out of Egypt

Jesus Saved Mary Magdalene from being stoned.

Rahab, a former prostitute became one of the few people mentioned in Jesus's line of family. 

There isn't always a sign of bad things to come. 

Jesus wants to bless his followers. Sometimes, that blessing comes in the form of heartache, pain, patience. 

The Lord want to bless us, but he want to transform us as well. Because he created us for much better things than to stay as we are in our fallen and sinful state. 

So, I've begun to learn the art of waiting, and trusting the Lord, that he knows and desires my best. He knows better than I do. 

So why so I fret? Worry? It cannot and will not add a single moment or day to my life. In, fact, worry and fret only take time away. 

Does that mean I shouldn't be productive and active towards my goals and needs? No. 

What I've come to learn in my life is that it means: doing everything I can, then leaving the I cant's or I don't knows in the Lord's hands. 

God is bigger than it all, and the outcome, in the end is eternity, so there is nothing to fear. My Father holds me in his hands. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
— Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

God wants to hold you in his hands. Repent, follow him, and he will lead your heart towards daily repentance and restoration. 

Jesus said to him, “ I am the WAY, and the TRUTH and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father, except through ME.”
— John 14:6 ESV (emphasis added)

Jesus wove you and I for a special and unique purpose and life. Don't waste it, live it with patience and truth. Live it with HIM. 

~ S. M. Baker