Is it possible to trust God with problems and disappointments before you see them resolved?
During my senior year of college, a restless anxiety began to build in me. Graduation loomed, and I wasn’t sure what to do next. I overheard some sorority sisters talking about a ski retreat with a Christian group. The group was a bit more zealous in their faith than I was, but a ski retreat should be safe. And I needed a dose of inspiration.
“Lord, don’t listen to these people! They are crazy. I am not thankful we are broken down. I want to get to the retreat.”
I’d joined two sorority sisters on a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a Christian conference for college students. The dilapidated school bus our group rode began to sputter and wheeze when we hit the mountains. With each breakdown, one by one various students offered prayers, “Lord, thank You for this situation. We trust You to bring good from it.”
I gave thanks for good things—not for things that broke when you needed them to work. This group’s prayers of thanksgiving during the first couple of breakdowns had fascinated me. But now I shivered, and my toes ached with cold. In the back of the bus, my silent prayers took a different tone.Continue Reading
Every time I slid behind the wheel of my cheerful yellow car, I gave thanks. The Lord had provided this used car at an affordable price just in time for a cross-country trip. It was perfect for hauling my toddler and preschooler and a direct answer to prayer. That’s why I couldn’t understand why I had to lose it.
My husband, Larry, and I spent a month on a mission trip in Eastern Europe. The experience filled our hearts and emptied our pocketbooks. Our mission organization required us to raise money for our salary and the trip. Donations came in designated for the trip, however, we returned to short paychecks. We realized some donors had diverted their regular support for our trip, not added to it.Continue Reading