When my boys were 1 and 2, I read my first parenting book, And Then I Had Kids by Susan Yates. Her message held encouragement, challenge, tenderness, and a refreshing perspective that I desperately needed with 2 bustling boys. I never dreamed that years later I would ask this woman whom I admire to write an endorsement for my first book. Today I welcome my friend Susan as a guest blogger. I highly recommend her new book, Risky Faith. It is timely and invigorating for us as women and as moms. Enjoy!
Do you struggle to trust God?
I suspect that at this very moment each of us has at least one big concern on our heart that we are praying about or trying to fix, while at the same time trying to trust God with our issue. It might be a concern over a child, a health crisis, a difficult marital situation, financial stress, job dissatisfaction or a decision that has to be made for elderly parents.
As I contemplate my “issue” I’ve realized how easy it is to let it become bigger in my head than my God. I get frustrated. I worry, and I lose perspective.
Some time ago I began to worry about one of my children. The more I thought about this child the more anxious I became. Scary “what if…” phrases began to plague me. I tried to read my Bible and to pray but it did not help. Finally in desperation I cried out to the God, “Help Me Lord.”
Two simple words came into my head- words that were from God, words that would change everything.
I realized that I had let my concern for this child grow and grow. It had become so big in my head that the problem itself became my focus. And I had forgotten who God was. I had forgotten how very much He loved my child. I had forgotten that He knew my child much better than I did. I had forgotten that He was working in ways that I could not see. He was in this issue. He was totally involved and His love was perfect. He was so much bigger than I gave Him credit for. It wasn’t that these concepts were new to me. It was more that I wasn’t living day in and day out in the assurance and knowledge of how BIG he is.
This insight has led me on a quest to discover in fresh ways how very Big our God is. It’s a life long journey that will not end this side of heaven but it’s exciting.
Along the way I’ve learned a few things:
Your ability to ruin your child is not nearly as great as God’s power to redeem him.
It’s not all up to us! At this very moment Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father praying for your child (and you!) What a relief. (Hebrews 7:25, Romans 8:34)
God gives us the exact kids we need, not merely so that we can raise them, but that they might be His tools in our lives to grow us up into the women He has created us to be. It’s helpful to ask, “what are you teaching me through this child O Lord?”
Natural growth involves becoming independent. However, spiritual growth involves becoming more dependent. God loves it when I fall on my face and cry out to Him in great need. He will always answer – in His time and in His ways. He does what is best not necessarily what is fast, and He’s working while we are waiting.
God is so much bigger than I realize and He longs to reveal Himself to you and to me. As we begin to see more and more of Him we will find that our issues begin to diminish. They don’t completely go away. We are fallen people in a fallen world. However, we can begin to see our concerns from a healthy perspective.
Susan shares more insights from her journey in her new book, Risky Faith, Becoming Brave Enough to Trust the God who is Bigger than your World.
Also, I encourage you to check out Susan’s blog and her other books HERE.