Defining Moments

In the brief days that I was remarried and living out on the farm, I had six kids.  Three mine and three his.  The youngest of them all was just three.  I would load them all in my car and head off to school in the mornings and we would pray on our way.  I remember praying day after day that we would glorify God throughout the day.  Then it hit me . . . a three-year-old has NO idea what ‘glorify God’ means.  Ha!  I wondered if even the fourteen-year-old really got it.  So it set me to thinking . . . how could I put it that they could all understand? 

What I came up with was to pray . . . “Father, may the way we live our lives today make You look good.”  A kid-friendly definition.  It challenges me daily.  Sometimes I wonder if we get so accustomed to the ‘words’ of our faith . . . those we throw around daily . . . ‘trust,’ ‘faith,’ ‘grace,’ ‘glorify,’ . . . .that we stop considering what they really mean?

The other night my little guy, Micah, was really struggling.  He has had a migraine now for four months!  Straight!  We have modified his diet, modified his school day, began new meds . . . you name it we are trying it.  So we were chatting and I began to tell him that we need to keep trusting.  And then it hit me – a 13 year-old doesn’t have a clue what ‘trust’ means. 

Some of the best advice I received after Chad died was when Noah seemed to be completely melting down about six months after his daddy died.  A school administrator pulled me aside and said, “Sarah, I respect the way you are walking this out in your faith.  But, I want you to remember that the concepts of faith are very abstract . . . adults even struggle to walk out their ‘faith’ and ‘trust’ when tragedy strikes.  Your kids need solid, concrete coping tools.”  She then pointed me in the direction of a counselor who, yes – was a Christian, but who specialized in grief and was able to give my kids solid coping skills apart from all the words of our faith that we so freely toss around to each other when tough times hit.  You know . . . trust, faith, rest, peace, etc . . .

So, here I am . . . praying with my little guy that God will help him trust . . . and it hit me.  What is trust?  What is it in a way that will make sense to Micah?  And so I prayed . . . “Father, may Micah have peace . . . knowing that You have all of this in Your hands . . . knowing that You will take care of him.” 

That is what ‘trust’ really is, isn’t it?  Trust is knowing that we can have peace because we believe and we know that God is big enough to handle our lives and all of the situations of them. 

Today . . . my prayer for you, my friend . . . is that you will know God’s peace.  Not because the word of God promises it in Philippians 4:6-7 . . . but because you believe deep within you that God can handle your life!  May that define each moment of your today! 

When I am afraid, I will trust in You.  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.  What can mortal man do to me?

  • Psalm 56:3-4

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  • Philippians 4:6-7

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