“I’m sharing this so that I can look back in the months and years to come and be reminded of how God worked in my life. I’m also sharing this to let you know that in spite of the pretty pictures I post, my life is far from perfect. If you feel trapped or overwhelmed today, know you are not alone. God is at work all around us, and He invites us to join Him in His work! Amen!”
I posted those words on Instagram just over five years ago, along with an image from Proverbs 31 Ministries that said “God can turn our situational prisons into supernatural positions.”
I posted that during a season of life that contained the hardest things I’ve ever experienced. When I think about how I felt during that season, the main emotion I recall experiencing was fear. There were times I couldn’t even stand on my own two feet as my knees literally buckled underneath me.
The other constant in this season was the firm and unwavering comfort of God’s Word. When I didn’t know what was happening or how to respond, God’s Word was there with direction, comfort, and assurance.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:1-5)
I heard someone say this recently in a sermon: “When you are faced with things you don’t understand, leave those things to the side and nail down what you do know.”
Stop for a minute and think about the things you know to be true about God. You could even write out a list.
God is good. God loves me. God is with me. God sees my pain. God is in control. God is at work in my situation.
Paul and I find ourselves in a new season of life as we navigate through the adoption process. Presently this season (and even this week) brings us periods of uncertainty as we make decisions and as we wait for decisions to be made.
Adoption isn’t final until the judge bangs the gavel on adoption day. Until then, there can always be a change or a surprise along the way. Knowing we have lots more of these uncertain days ahead, I wrote out some things I know about God and placed them as reminders around the house.
- Even if _________, that’s alright. God is to be trusted.
- God is sovereign over _________.
- God is big enough.
- God writes the best stories, so entrust yourself to him. (A quote from Jamie Finn)
That fear I mentioned at the beginning of the post – it’s easy to let that creep into my thinking. “What if I didn’t say enough about ____ during that adoption interview? What if I filled out that paperwork too quickly and misinterpreted a question? What if that case worker doesn’t like us?”
That’s when I stop and say out loud: “God is sovereign over paperwork.” “God is sovereign over case workers.”
The truth of God’s character, nailed down as a firm belief in my heart, brings such comfort in those moments.
“When you are faced with things you don’t understand, leave those things to the side and nail down what you do know.”
You cannot trust a God you don’t know. That’s why it’s so important to get in his word every day. Read the Bible and look for his character. It’s on every page.
Just as I did five years ago, I’m sharing this so that I can look back and see how God worked in my heart. It is a precious experience.
What truths about God can you nail down in your heart? I would love to hear the ones that are precious to you!
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