Trusting God in the hard times

The young lady wept on her bed, and said it had been two years since she fell sick .. two years of doctors trying to figure out what was wrong with her. Unexplained rashes, malaise, fevers, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, neuropathy and more.

Where is God in the hard times?

And what does it mean to trust Him?

Weary of one sermon after another from others with good intent, a young man strikes out on his own God journey to the center of His soul.

Across the country, an elderly woman looks out the window and wonders why it seems as if favor rests with the young, and her family never calls.

A couple gets the news that their teen will not be coming home, another life claimed by an auto crash.

Dear God, where are You, the human heart cries.

“I don’t need your blind faith,” another says.

But the sun comes up, and the sun goes down, another day is done.

Trust.

Foraging for a small cart of groceries, we search for the coffee, bread, or perhaps even toiletries we have come to trust.

Why do we trust the brand? It is the familiar, a product used again and again.

So perhaps familiarity and trust go hand in hand?

A small child asks his mother, “Mommy, how do we know God is real?” Mama looks down at the child and surveys the small trailer lot, located on a pile of sand, across from a railroad track, a major highway and airport, their abode, where they rent the capsule for their daily activities. The wind blows some nearby palm trees, and suddenly she says, “You see that wind? You cannot see the wind itself, but you know it is there by the way it moves the trees. You feel it on your face, yet you cannot grasp it with your hand. That is what God is like.”

Trust.

Perhaps the greatest testimony one can share is how God showed up in the midst of their trials.

The phone call from a friend, an unexpected blessing, a small bird delivering a song for this moment of time.

God is as close as His spoken Name. As close as the heart that seeks Him.

Psalm 91 (NIV) “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

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