Faith: Something to Believe In
By Lili Richey Willard |
Posted 4:53 am on April 20, 2012
‘Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.’ - Hebrews 11:1
I just got home from a trip to Germany. A largely unplanned trip. A quickly put together trip. A trip put in God’s hands at the very beginning.
My oldest son, and his family, are stationed in Germany. In another month or two he will be deployed , for the third time, to a war zone. Since his leave is only of ten days duration, they had decided not to come back to the states. Instead, he asked me to go to him.
My mother’s heart immediately replied a resounding YES! But my practical nature, at the very same moment questioned, how?
When I plan a trip or any type of travel, I plan it out to the tiniest detail. I like my ducks all in a row, and make allowances for the unforeseen events that may take place. I am super cautious sometimes, even though I will go at a moments notice. But flying across the pond? Fear! Coming up with a way to pay for it that would not cut into our household expenses? Impossible!
Right at that moment, I had reached a ‘crisis of belief’ (Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God). I made a decision to trust God in my circumstances.100%, completely, totally. Unconditionally.
First hurdle…I was scheduled to have a week off during Spring Break to take one of my granddaughters to the beach. Pre-scheduled, and I knew I could not let her down. Prayed, then went in to see my boss. She understood the need, and granted the time off. Go God!
Second hurdle…permission from my hubby. He is the priest of our home, and is the final authority. I make no major decisions without his consent, and without his blessing. While he was quite nervous about me flying so far away, and about our finances, he understood (he is my children’s stepfather) why I needed to go. God did it again!
Now, the next hurdle, the biggest one, was money. How was I going to pay for this? Or rather, how was God going to pay for it? I know He owns ALL the money in the world. So I trusted Him to show me how to do it. Before I knew it, my youngest brother contacted me and asked to go with me, a traveling companion who had gone across the pond before! Of course I said yes, yes he could come. I said I was not sure yet, as I still had to raise the money. Ta da! He took care of the thing. Yes, he did! He booked our flights together, told me not to worry about it, we had to go, and to keep the money I already had put back for traveling expenses.
Of course, I will pay my brother back. But it is amazing how things work out when you trust God. We had a great trip together, sister-brother time we rarely get, spending time with Mike and Candace and grandson Lane, seeing a beautiful, historical country, and the excitement of flying and taking the train.
Believe me, none of this could have happened without all of the hurdles being removed. And they happened in such perfect order, with such speed…I will never doubt Who did it, why He did it, and THAT He did it!
So when you have a ‘thing’ that you need to trust God for, step out in faith and BELIEVE! While things are not always as perfectly worked out as this was for me, whatever God chooses to do IS perfect, and IS in His will, and we will always realize a benefit in it. Because that’s Who and What God is and does. He certainly is worthy of our faith.
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