Trust in the Lord, that is what it says. How do we know that we are trusting Him? Does it show?
Giving up my opinions.
The world will tell us that we have a right to be right, a right to be heard, a right to be known. A right to so many things, but especially a right to have our own opinion, but that isn't what the word of God says. Right here, it says, "And do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you." I can tell you, I've fought to have my own opinions on so many things in my life, but that didn't really end in a lot of satisfaction, at least not that long.
I can think of the times when I let go, and leaned entirely on the Lord and waited for Him to lead me, and those times are a marker. In those times, I have not only had perfect peace, but I have felt his heart, his love, his acceptance, his pleasure in who I am. I felt close to him.
Some have asked me how do I make decisions in business, or on social media, etc. and all I know is that for there to be peace and joy in it all, to be able to love and see what He's seeing, I must let go of what I expect things to be and trust Him, totally.
There was a very hard season in my life, about 15 years ago. I'd gotten to a place in my health, where my body was shutting down. I'd taken prednisone for most of life for a rare blood disorder, and at this point I was transfusion dependent. I was trusting God for a creative miracle. He gave me one, in the shape of a stem cell transplant with my twin sister as my donor. It was so many miracles, documented. However, after standing in faith for so many years I was at the end of all I could do. At that point, I just let go. I gave Him everything and told Him it was completely up to Him. He would get the glory no matter what. I asked Him for a picture of what things would look like, and I saw myself whole and healed. I just thanked Him and said let's do it. I never questioned whether it would work. I knew because He's faithful and He keeps every promise, and every word that I would be whole. And I am.
Trust, it's where I came to. Faith became trust.
Everything in our lives, our health, our families, friends, finances all are His. Everything we have is from Him and to Him. He not only wants us to prosper and to be well, but He is able to do it. All my running around and fretting, worrying doesn't do me any good, and it doesn't make me closer to the lover of my soul! The more my heart and mind stay on Him and in fellowship with Him, the more I want to let go and give it to Him.
Today, if you are struggling to let go of worry, and trust Him, take a moment and get quiet with Him. I challenge you to wait on Him, and picture everything in your hands and putting them in His. Then thank Him and just like a waiter that takes your order to the kitchen and you don't chase him down to get it right, let God have all that order in your life because He knows the exact recipe it requires and how to make it just so. He is already aware of what we need and our wants, but present them. Then, we need to sit back, rest in Him, and watch Him and enjoy what He does. Enjoy Him. With our hearts at peace, whether we're in the making process or the watching process your heart then can be content and full of joy.
"My child, if you truly want a long and satisfying life,
never forget the things that I've taught you.
Follow closely every truth that I've given you.
Then you will have a full, rewarding life."
Proverbs 3:1-2 TBT
Misty L. Chladek
Community of Christian Creatives, LLC
Watercolor artist, author, wife, lover of plants and the outdoors, daughter of the King of Kings.
She is a community builder on Instagram @communityofchristiancreatives and continues her artwork at @mistyleacreations. Her book Love Letters of Jesus, which can be found on most online stores and her website, is the story about how God healed her of severe childhood diseases and is a testimony to God's goodness through the struggles.
Here you will find a mix of encouraging and inspirational articles written from members within the Community of Christian Creatives.