surrounded by clouds

Trust

Thinking about what it means to really trust God. I guess as I think about going somewhere new (and somewhat scary) the challenge of honestly trusting in God’s sovereignty, and being able to be like Job and say, ‘The LORD gave, the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.’ (Job 1:21b) has the potential to be put to the test again.

It’s the unknownness (I’m almost certain that’s not a word) of it all that gets me really. I think and hope that I’ll carry on trusting him whatever, but I don’t know what’s going to happen, or how I’m going to react.

As with many situations in life, there’s a song to go with all of these thoughts! This one is by  Nichole Nordeman, an American singer who is a total legend at summing-up my thoughts in her lyrics! It’s called ‘Gratitude’ and from her album ‘Woven and Spun’ (available from itunes!).  I wasn’t going to put up all the words, but tried to cut them down and couldn’t, they’re actually all just too awesome:

Send some rain, would You send some rain?
‘Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink again
And the sun is high and we are sinking in the shade
Would You send a cloud, thunder long and loud?
Let the sky grow black and send some mercy down
Surely You can see that we are thirsty and afraid
But maybe not, not today
Maybe You’ll provide in other ways
And if that’s the case . . .

We’ll give thanks to You
With gratitude
For lessons learned in how to thirst for You
How to bless the very sun that warms our face
If You never send us rain

Daily bread, give us daily bread
Bless our bodies, keep our children fed
Fill our cups, then fill them up again tonight
Wrap us up and warm us through
Tucked away beneath our sturdy roofs
Let us slumber safe from danger’s view this time
Or maybe not, not today
Maybe You’ll provide in other ways
And if that’s the case . . .

We’ll give thanks to You
With gratitude
A lesson learned to hunger after You
That a starry sky offers a better view if no roof is overhead And if we never taste that bread

Oh, the differences that often are between
What we want and what we really need

So grant us peace, Jesus, grant us peace
Move our hearts to hear a single beat
Between alibis and enemies tonight
Or maybe not, not today
Peace might be another world away
And if that’s the case . . .

We’ll give thanks to You
With gratitude
For lessons learned in how to trust in You
That we are blessed beyond what we could ever dream
In abundance or in need
And if You never grant us peace

But Jesus, would You please . . .

In summary: a challenge, but as always, possible with God.

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