By: Donald Kamese
What do you do when it seems like everything is against you? It may be the illness of a loved one, a financial crisis, or that you have just received the devastating news from the doctors that you only have a few months to live. These situations can leave you feeling lost with nowhere to turn, sit, or run.
Where do you turn when the people closest to you, those who have always been a place of refuge in your raging storms, have also fallen into a state of hopelessness or helplessness.
Or, worse, when no one cares.
When everyone has turned a deaf ear on you and will not even return your calls, let alone dry your tears.
You have come to a position where you:
- Do not trust anyone.
- Are lost and confused
- Have lost all hope.
If you have ever found yourself in such a place, take heart, dear friend. You are not alone.
When we hit a dead end, when there is no light at the end of the tunnel, when all humanly possible solutions have been exhausted, God is always there waiting.
“For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
God cares. He is waiting to bear your burdens. He is ready to dry your tears. He is ready to wrap His arms around you and carry you through the storm.
Just a couple of weeks ago while my wife Becky was heavily pregnant with our first child, a son, we discovered that the doctors in Mexico lean heavily toward Cesarean delivery—not because of necessity, but rather to line their pockets. There is large financial benefit involved for them when performing C-sections versus natural birth. For this reason, they will often contrive false excuses to perform the surgery.
It was a February day like every other, late in Becky’s third trimester, when we visited our obstetrician for a routine checkup. “There’s a problem,” he told us in a serious tone. “We cannot find the baby’s head, and his heartbeat is weak. I’m afraid we’re going to have to perform a C-section.”
We felt our hearts immediately drop. No! Not our baby, our son! Our hearts were set upon having a natural birth, but what could we do? We headed to the ultrasonographer’s office with a burden on our hearts and prayers on our lips. I clutched my wife’s hand firmly as she laid on the table and waited for the dire news. The technician spread the cold gel on her exposed stomach and slid the tool gently around, staring intently at the screen for several minutes with deeply furrowed brows. And then she spoke these words.
“Everything looks fine. He’s perfectly normal and healthy.”
Whew! A heavy sigh of relief escaped our lips. Praise Jesus! Yet, the question remained. What were we supposed to do when different experts were telling us different stories? Where do you turn? What do you choose?
We chose to trust God.
“Do we get the C-section? Do we demand a natural birth? Do we find a new doctor? What if we choose wrong? How can we control the outcome?” Proverbs 3:5-6 began to play repeatedly in Becky’s mind as these questions raged on within her heart.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
God once again reminded us that no matter what happens, He is always in control. We can either be troubled and seek our own way in a broken world or trust the creator of all things and cast our cares upon Him.
Becky and I have given the birth of our son over to our Lord and Savior. After all, He created him. He knows him. He loves him infinitely more than we can begin to imagine. What better hands than His to trust our son’s future to?
Trusting God and praying always makes a difference. Why do we use God as our last resort instead our first line of defense? Why do we struggle with relinquishing control to our creator? We must learn to pray first and let our concerns be known to Him, trusting God to do what we cannot.
Andy Stanley writes, “You can’t resist the will of God and receive the Grace of God at the same time.”
We cannot continue to demand control over our situations and resist dependence on God while still expecting His Grace to fulfill our needs. However. When we humble ourselves through prayer and trust, He hears us and responds. His will be done.
We still don’t know what will happen with the birth of our son, but we know God does. He has ordained this day from the beginning of time, and we know His plans for our precious son are good. Because our son is His son too.
And that, friends, is enough.
What are you going through today that you need to give to God? Do you have impossible situations in your life that you are trying to control? Are you unsure who to turn to?
Turn to God. He is waiting.
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