So often we seem to think about "trusting God" as something we must learn and do with the big stuff of life... careers, educational choices, finances, health, homes, etc...those weighty lifestyle decisions that drive us to Scripture, to asking for prayer, to recognizing our desperate need for Him.
But do we walk by faith and trust Him in the daily, small things? Trusting God when we are running late and the traffic light is red? When the dishwasher breaks? When we can't get our little daily to-do list checked off? When the grocery store is chaotic and doesn't have what we need? When juice is spilled, plates are broken, and chores are half-done?
I am really learning that to walk by faith and to walk in a growing, intimate trust and fellowship with Him is to be simply lived out in the dailiness. Day by day, choice by choice, one act of trust followed by another. Choosing to slow down and trust Him when I drive. Choosing to look to Him for peace in the check-out line. Choosing to breathe and know His love when the house seems to be falling apart around me.
These daily challenges are the moments when our faith is refined, tested, and built. These are the hidden opportunities for real, living, breathing faith that honors the Lord and blesses those in our midst. We are the model of walking with Jesus that our dear children are watching.
As I sit here at home waiting for this baby to arrive, it's easy to move from "Zen mama" to "nesting Nazi" in a very short period of time! I am amazed at how often I move from a place of peace and trust to being an anxious, wrought-up woman. I am continually learning to keep my thoughts centered on Him and His Sovereign care and goodness, repenting quickly, and seeking grace and forgiveness from Him and others when I blow it. It's a daily, moment-by moment living out of my faith during this time of transition and change for our family.
These lessons are so rich and good. I want my life to be characterized by an active trust in the Lord in matters great and small. In the mundane and in the weighty. In all things.
Day in and day out, step-by-step, little choice by little choice.