Be still, and know that I am God.
Obedience to God takes more than faith and trust
When I was expecting my daughter in 2012, it was a turbulent season for my family. An uncertain future, heavy decisions weighing on our shoulders, risks ready for the plunge, and a tremendous dose of faith comprised our daily lives. How many times did I weep alone? I couldn’t give you a definitive number.
We settled on selling our home. I ended my search for work outside the home and by the grace of God, was convicted to homeschool—all while welcoming a new baby into our family. We even left our church due to some disastrous pragmatic decisions the leadership was delegating. God shined a light on it all, so it was a clear decision for us to transition.
Today, now 5 years later, we’re nearer to God as a family.
We’re closer to each other. The children are actively learning their studies, we’re drawing ourselves closer to new friends that are sharpening our faith. God has provided a side business for our home economy and we’ve found an online literary magazine. Our children are healthy, endearing, and have blessed us in mighty ways.
What could be better than that?
Obedience to God takes more than faith and trust in the God who can. It takes tears, muscle, thick skin, rejection, confusion, errors, and loss.
But the gain is immense in return.
Who wouldn’t want to fully surrender to God when the storms rage? Who would want to live to doubt whether or not they are in God’s will? Who would want to have a faith planted on the shaky ground?
Lord, help me to surrender daily to you. Help me see the eternal value of a life lived for you and not one lived by man’s standards. Help me draw near to You first and foremost.