Saturday, September 11, 2010

Trusting ~ With or Without A Sign

Many years ago, while going through a grave personal trial. I prayed every which way from Sunday for the situation to be resolved. Nothing worked. In fact, it seemed the more I prayed, the worse it got. The days found me angry with God for not doing something. The nights found me repenting for doubting Him. It was one vicious cycle, and I had all but thrown in the towel.

But one day, my husband and I were traveling through a little river town, close to where I grew up. I'll never forget it. As we pulled to a stop at a traffic light, I happened to glance out the window, and there, on the side of the road, stuck on a telephone pole, was a cardboard sign with these words stenciled on it: TRUST GOD. It seemed so out of place, posted in the middle of an ordinary field, but I knew it was meant for me. Tears sprang to my eyes. I hadn't even asked God for a sign, but there it was—literally—a sign that He knew, that He saw, that He cared. A sign that I really could trust Him.


It was a turning point for me. My personal trial did not improve right away, but my trust level in God skyrocketed, and, in His time (always key), the situation turned completely around.

If your trust in God is faltering, be encouraged. You see, it's perfectly OK to be angry with God. He's not afraid of honest emotions; He knows what's in your heart anyway, and it's OK to question why He does what He does, or why He allows things to happen. But if we can end our inquiries with, “Nevertheless, I trust you,” then we will be alright. When I don't understand why, Lord, I trust you. When other people's choices force me to travel down roads I didn't want to go down, I trust you. When people I love leave me, I trust you. When sickness invades the body of a loved one, I trust you. In calm or stormy weather, I trust you to be there with me, bringing good out of all circumstances.

At the end of the day, with or without a sign, my hope, my trust, is in GOD.

These are my thoughts on this September evening. Until next time, my friends, keep the faith, even when trials press against you.

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Linking up with the good people at Spiritual Sundays.


28 comments:

  1. That was a nice post, Dayle. So true, too. We have to keep the faith in bad times as well as good. Susan

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  2. What a beautiful post! I'm glad I found your blog.

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  3. Hi Dayle,

    Since writing my currently titled post "Trust", I read your's with great interest. I'm learning the value of trusting God's provision for me. I see God's grace as the object of His provision, containing all that I need to continue on.

    Trusting God doesn't always change my circumstances, as you indicate, a situation may not change or improve; my capacity to trust God can increase beyond the imaginable.

    Blessings and peace.

    MTJ

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  4. There have been many instances in my life when going through a trial that I asked God, "why?" I remember one particular incident when God told me to not focus on my circumstances, but to focus upon Him. Though the answer didn't come when (and how) I thought it would, God answered in His timing and in His way.

    Thanks for this thought-provoking post.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  5. Thank-you for sharing this awesome story. Trust God! I think I will start looking out my window more:)I know he is here with me but I need to open my heart so I know when he is in the middle of my decisions daily.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  6. This was a great post and I lesson I also had to learn a few years back during a time of deep trial. Right now I have a blogging friend who is struggling, I'm going to refer her to this. Thanks for saying it so well.

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  7. On every day, but maybe even more on this day, we need to keep these words to heart. Thanks for bringing them forward in our hearts and minds.

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  8. this post is great Dayle...your honesty...and personal struggle hits home. I've been angry and frustrated with God but like you...I've come to know...the best and safest place is in trusting Him.

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  9. Oh, hun....I have SOOOOO been here - unfortunately, several times! I honestly believe that He allows us to get to the absolute breaking point where we don't know what to believe anymore, and THAT's when He shows up. But first, I believe, He wants to see if we turn TO Him or AWAY from Him. He reminded me once when I was at that point & telling Him how much I doubted He was there, "yeah, but you're still here confronting Me, aren't you? That must mean you still believe even tho' you feel you don't." Huge revelation! For me, each time it looked as tho' life was going to go in one direction and as I laid on the floor completely spent of any more tears, even thru all the anger & yelling at Him & doubting/disbelief in Him, I was able to say "I don't see how this will EVER come out any better than where I see it heading. BUT, I leave it with you, Lord. I have NO OTHER CHOICE!" And I'm not kidding....EVERY time, something turned around completely out of the blue for the better, for MY good & the good of my children. Just think of the testimony that creates for us to provide to others. The idea of a literal sign out in the middle of the field brought tears to my eyes. That's just such a "God-thing". I absolutely LOVE this post. Thank you so much for sharing it! Hugs ~ Merana

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  10. As you know from my post yesterday, signs from God are on my mind. Thank you, Dayle, for this inspiring and uplifting story.

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  11. This brings back memories of times that God has given me a "sign," a reminder that He is there and to just trust Him and love Him. Great post! Thank you for sharing it this Spiritual Sunday.

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  12. thanks. I've got a hard situation right now, too, and am really hoping for some resolution soon. not so much shaking my faith in God as in my confidence in a friendship. but it has taken me back to God, the only place I can always find my way through hard times.

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  13. So many need to be reminded of this, especially in the darker valleys of life. He has always been right there reminding me of His goodness in my life, through every dark valley. I trust in His love for me, His care, His perfect timing (and, it is just that...perfect) ♥

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  14. Yes, trust God!
    Simple answer to all our questions, thoughts, and all our issues.

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  15. Heart shared words! So true ~ could not help thinking about the song, When you can't trace HIS hand, trust HIS heart. So glad HE allowed our paths to cross.
    IN HIM,
    Karen

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  16. Beautiful post and wonderful reminder for us when the light seems dim and answers seem far away..Blessings.

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  17. Did I ever need this today. Thank you. I absolutely love the clear way you tell a story. I want to recommend two books to you: An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor and Nudge--Awakening Each Other To The God Who's Already There by Leonard Sweet. Have a great week.

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  18. What a blessing this post was! I really need to hear this today...Thanks

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  19. What a beautiful post. I love it when God surprises us just when he knows we need it. Thank you for sharing your experience. It is encouraging to me and I know to many other people as well.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  20. What a sweet soul you have. I just wonder how many times I have missed God's messages to me because I was too wrapped up in my problems. He always tells us He is with us and He loves us. This has inspired me to keep my spiritual eyes and my heart open to hear Him. God bless. -Bobbi

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  21. love this story! He gives us "signs" everyday at every turn but how many of us really take the time to see or believe them?!

    Thank you.

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  22. Dayle, You have blessed me so much by this post. It was like reading my story again. Thank you.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  23. Dayle, I am so glad I saw this post. I really needed to read this. What a blessing your words have been for me. Thanks for sharing from your heart.

    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  24. I'm many days late (and many dollars short) reading Sunday's postings, but....here I am. Good words. Needed words. Love you.

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  25. Hello Dayle,
    Our family has been having our devotions in Psalms all summer long. The honest emotions of David teach us a lot. It is ok, HE know how we feel. He is WORTHY and we can trust HIM.. Lovely post..

    Blessings,
    Virginia

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  26. Thank you for my sign...I've sure needed this lately.

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