Every Thursday we are sharing Just Trust stories, testimonies of how we’ve stepped out in trust and seen God come through in specific ways.
Today, it’s a pleasure to have Sonya on the blog. She shares how trust doesn’t have to be big to move mountains… or in her case, to rearrange schedules.
Several years ago, my daughter went to Europe on a school trip.
The dates of this trip overlapped the dates of our church youth camp, which she wished to attend. The youth leaders chose the only possible choice that might allow her to go – the last week. One morning in my prayer time, as I was praying that she might get to go, God interrupted me (which He usually has to do to get my attention) saying, “Sign her up and pay [for camp].”
I sat up saying, what? My faith is weak when it comes to making bold moves such as this, not because I fear for God’s reputation, but because I fear for my own. What if I step out in faith and say God told me to do this? I risk looking foolish.
Well, I am happy to report that I did it anyway. I told one of the leaders what God said and told her to sign my daughter up.
Shortly thereafter, we attended the final planning meeting for the trip. Our eyes grew wide as we began to read the last minute instructions and finalized dates. She would be back home two days before camp started! We missed quite a bit of the meeting as she was trying not to cry and I was trying to keep from running around the room shouting!
Prayer is for us, to build our faith. God did not need our prayers to do what He did, but by allowing us to be part of the process He was teaching us things, like obedience. He told me to sign her up. Would the outcome have been the same had I not done that? I do not know, but by doing so, I gained confidence that I had heard from God and I did not need to fear the outcome.
Another thing that I learned is even our little bit of faith moves God. He told me to sign her up and pay for camp, but in actuality all I did before we found out that she could go was to tell someone what God said. Do you understand the difference? I didn’t have to walk all the way to the end of the road, to do 100% of what God told me to do. I simply told a leader I was going to sign her up! I had done no paperwork or paid any money. I took one small step and God met me much more than halfway.
God wants to bless us. He wants us to ask so that we learn that He can be trusted and so we won’t be tempted to call coincidence what is really the move of God on our behalf. James 4:3 says, “you have not because you ask not.” There are many reasons that we do not ask, but we cannot receive if we do not ask. “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32 ESV)
Sonya Richards is a bookkeeper, freelance writer, lyricist and poet. She lives outside Richmond, Virginia with her husband and is the mother of two daughters. Her work has been published in the online devotional, The Nugget, as well as several other online publications, and she blogs at http://ilovethelord.siterubix.com/