Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Trust and Obey

This is another of those posts just for me, another stone to lay down and mark the way. I want to remember, so that I don't have to stumble and fall again.

I was praying yesterday - giving Him all of my worries and cares, my memory verse playing over and over again in my mind:

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you."
I Peter 5:6,7

One pesky "worry" in particular kept pushing its way to the front of my fretful heart, and I felt that gentle prompting: "Don't try to figure it out right now. Leave it with me, and I'll work it all out."- such a comfort. I determined to just wait silently and not follow my usual m.o. of talking it to death with everyone involved.

I made it through about the first hour of the morning before I spoke about it to my husband. Fortunately he didn't hear me, and I felt that check in my spirit. I was thankful for the "do-over" and promised not to do it again.

It happened during a telephone conversation - I knew I should be quiet, but we touched on the subject in a very round-about way, and I blurted it out yet again. This time the words were heard loud and clear and had the affect of upsetting the other person. She asked me to please not burden her with one more thing just now. I felt terrible. Not only had I upset her, I had done exactly what I knew the Lord advised me not to do.

When will I learn to simply trust Him and walk in obedience - even when it goes against my own inclinations? It was a good lesson. When I insist on my own way, it will inevitably lead to difficulties. I seem to have to learn things the hard way. I am so thankful that He is so patient and gracious. Had I listened to Him, I would have avoided hurting someone dear to me. He really does know what is best.

"The Lord says, 'I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control. Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the lord and be glad, all you who obey Him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!"
Psalm 32: 8-11

picture: Several years ago my Christmas Cactus decided that she preferred Easter to Christmas. Every Easter since she has set out her beautiful blooms.



  1. I have also had to learn this same lesson more than once. It reminds me of that wonderful song, Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. Blessings!

  2. It's hard , Linda.
    And ,
    you really are so good in that you care , care enough,
    are always trying to be and do better.

  3. Oh Linda...sometimes it is just so hard to learn what he is trying to teach us.
    I have a new thing I have been working on for about a year. If that voice in your head (because we know who sends us thoughts like this) says...don't do it or don't say it. I try realllly hard not to. I am not saying I am fail proof...but it sure helps (o:

  4. I like the way you said
    that, Linda. "Talk it to
    death with everyone involved."
    We all do this, don't we? I
    know I do. The Bible tells us
    that "Life and death is in the
    power of the tongue..." and it
    is true. Our words have such
    impact in this natural realm
    as well as the realm of the
    spirit. Lord, help us to keep
    our tongues in check as we
    give our cares to You.
    Good reminder for us all.
    Thank you, Linda.

  5. His love keeps us even then ....

  6. oh my...this is the third post i have read this morning that spoke to me of the patience that God has with us.

    thank you, God, for your patience.

    good post, linda

  7. Oh Linda ...

    I have been consumed with worry, too. And I also have tried to run on ahead of God, despite his promptings and whispers.

    For the record, you are one of the most delightful, humble, gentle souls that I know out here on the WWW. I pray that you aren't too hard on yourself. You are such a delight, such a blessing, sweet friend.

  8. yes he does...and i can be rather bull headed at times...but he has guided me, even when i needed the rod and the staff...

  9. Sometimes it seems we can only learn by our mistakes and I think I often hear God give a big sigh when I don't listen to Him:-) He never loses patience, though, thank goodness! xoxo

  10. "Don't try to figure it out right now. Leave it with Me, and I'll work it all out."

    ~You know, Linda... I struggle with this all the time! I want instant resolution. Instant answers. Instant clarity. And yet it so rarely works that way! Time and time again the Lord calls me to rest and wait and trust in His Word, in His Truth, in His timing... and on so many occasions I rush it. I refuse to listen, and instead I try to solve the issue MY way. And as you can guess... that never turns out well! Ugh... will I ever learn??!

    Anyhoo-- know that you are not alone, my friend! Also, know that these marking stones of yours are blessing your readers (especially this one :) tremendously!

    Hugs to you, and well wishes for a beautiful, beautiful Thursday!

  11. Just one more lesson; we have so many to learn, don't we? Get up and try again, trusting in Him.