Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.” Have you ever struggled with faith? I have so many times in my life. It’s hard to not worry and over think things. I find myself doing this a LOT! God wants us to let go of our worries and give them over to Him. But what does that REALLY mean? Does that mean we just say, “Hey, God. Here are all my problems. I am just going to go about doing things like I have always done and hope that You will make sure nothing bad happens?” I don’t think so. I think God wants us to consciously make the choice to give Him our problems, but to also work on ourselves in the time that we are freeing up by not worrying. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect. Because if we were, then He wouldn’t be necessary. But He does want us to grow and learn from our experiences. And God wants to carry our burdens for us.
It’s hard for me to give things over to Him and not worry. I admit it. I often try to envision it this way: I am placing all of my troubles, burdens, worries, concerns, everything in my life that drags me down, into a big basket. And then I give that great big heavy basket to Him. The whole thing. I cannot keep one hand on it. Not even one little finger holding on for dear life. He wants to carry that heavy basket for me so I don’t have to. You wouldn’t turn down an offer of someone carrying all of your groceries into the house for you. So why would you turn down the offer of someone offering to carry all of your burdens?
God is a father to us all. He wants to shower us with his love and blessings. But that doesn’t mean that He won’t allow for things to happen in our lives, both good and bad. Faith is not all about sunshine and rainbows. It’s about learning to trust Him in all circumstances. I have experienced sadness and sorrow in my life. And I have experienced loss. There was a time that I allowed bitterness and anger into my heart. And I hated myself for it. But I wasn’t ready to let go of it. I WANTED to be mad at God. I WANTED to rage and throw a fit and act like a child. And you know what, God allowed me the space I needed to get to the point to where I realized that it was because of His unconditional love that I was still here. He loved me enough to let me be mad. And yet, He didn’t force me to turn back to Him. He gently nudged me and helped me to see that I needed Him. I needed Him like I needed water or air.
If you are going through a rough spot right now, please know that you are not alone. You are loved and that others have been in the same spot. Let God hold you in His great big, fatherly hands and comfort you and keep you safe. He loves you now, just like He always has.