Wrestling Match Between Fear and Trust

0 comments Posted on May 29, 2017

Lori Wildenbergby Lori Wildenberg

I wrestle with waiting on God. My trust begins to waver and fear seeps into my heart and mind during the times that demand stillness.

One morning on my daily walk with my rust-colored labradoodle, Murphy, I noticed a penny as we crossed from the concrete driveway to the blacktop street. I stepped over it.

The more distance I put between myself and that penny, the more the words on the copper coin permeated my thoughts, “In God we trust.” I determined to pocket that penny on my return route.

The penny was waiting for me as I approached the bottom of the driveway. I bent down to retrieve it and I saw another one about five inches away. I grabbed that one, too. A few more caught my eye. I picked up each one. There were 37 pennies scattered in front of my driveway.

Messy JourneySupernatural strength and a God focus are needed during the times of waiting. I now choose to let faith win over fear—because I have 37 cents worth of trust.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.
Psalm 37:3-7

Lori Wildenberg is a national speaker, licensed parent-family educator, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13Parenting.com. Lori’s fourth book, Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home, was just published by New Hope. Lori is wife to Tom and mom of four plus one daughter-in-love. You can connect with Lori via her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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