A little over a year ago our family went through a big change: Our firstborn moved out of the house. What was completely unknown territory to us at the time has become normal now. Last year it seemed contrary to my mother-instincts (to hold tight and protect), but even the natural world knows there is a time to set the young ones free. I likened that season of life to trusting God in a crazy way, a leap of faith so great that the only thing I could imagine it being like was jumping off the white cliffs of Dover and trusting God to carry me.
When I wrote about that season on this blog here, I had never visited those white cliffs of Dover before. I had only seen photographs of them. They looked daunting, though, just like the walk of faith that stood before me at the time. Recently, however, my family and I had the opportunity to visit a portion of the cliffs, Beachy Head, that is known for being the highest in Britain. Many emotions were felt as I stood in this spot and I wanted to share them with you to give God great glory.
God is faithful.
What seemed overwhelming last year is now a joy and a regular part of everyday life today. Fear often grips us when we keep our eyes fixed on the here and now and try to figure things out in our own (very limited) understanding. Faith frees us and gives us joy as we see God working things out in His perfect way.
God is longsuffering.
Even while I was on that cliff, I was wrestling with God. No, it wasn't about letting my son go this time. It was about new fears, new struggles, new opportunities to trust Him. You'd think He'd give up on me, right? On us. But, no, He is kind and patient as He instructs over and over and over again.
God is victorious.
On the blog, in prayer times, and just about whenever the chance arises, I don't hesitate to ask for prayer when I fly. This mode of transportation has provided me with many opportunities to trust God and give up my control. In this one area, on our recent vacation, I watched God give victory in mighty ways. I didn't experience fear on the transatlantic flights at all...well, until some serious turbulence shook us loose (literally). But, even then, I prayed diligently. Even though my body responded in fear, my heart was at peace as I remembered how Jesus calmed the seas and He upholds us with His righteous right hand. No matter the outcome of any situation--good or bad--He is still the victor and I can rest in Him, not whether the outcome is favorable. After the turbulence, after my heart slowed back down, I was surprised by the peace that followed. In the past I would have never wanted to get back on an airplane again, but I was fine. I had peace. This is God at work in me.
And, this is what I wanted to share with you today---God's faithfulness to complete the good work that He has begun in us. There is still much time in this race, I pray, and I look forward to many more opportunities to see God's faithfulness.
So, what about you? Are you at the beginning of this journey of faith? Maybe you are dealing with fear...or despair...or anger...or emotional issues. Ask God specifically to work in you. Put yourself in situations where you can watch Him, and Him alone, work. This will bolster your faith!
Maybe you've seen God do some mighty things in you. Praise Him! Speak of His marvelous works. This, too, will bolster your faith because it's an ongoing need on this journey. Others will be encouraged as well.