Hey friends! Amanda Tero is back with us again, and today she is sharing some wonderful thoughts on trusting God! I know I enjoyed reading this post, and prayerfully this is a blessing for you, as well! If you missed last months post, you can find it HERE.
Every time I write a book or short story, God packages a neat little lesson for me within the pages of the book. For “The Secret Slipper,” the message was trust. Sure, I got to use my favorite Old Testament passage (Proverbs 3:5-7), but it never ceases to amaze me how ironic it is that I’m writing something for my characters to learn and the words come out preaching at me. Yep. It’s pretty incredible, actually.
Two important lessons in trust stand out to me from Raoul’s journey in “The Secret Slipper.”
1) Trust God’s ability.
“M’lord, we must trust God in this. He has kept her these ten years. Cannot He keep her another night?” Jolin’s voice was low and solid.
Raoul turned to look beyond Jolin. The slipper came into focus again. He licked his lips then choked out, “No later than dawn.”
As humans, we try to put God on our timetable. We bring Him down to our level and think that if we can’t see a way around a problem in a certain amount of time, that there isn’t a solution. But He sees more than we see. He knows more than we know. Isaiah 55 assures us of this in verses 8-9: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
With trust comes a lesson in surrender. To trust God means to put aside our preconceived ideas and thoughts with how things should go and submit to His will and His plans. I know it’s quoted often, but Romans 8:28 holds such a beautiful promise: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” The thing is, on the surface, the end result often doesn’t look good. But God is more concerned about our spiritual growth and development—yes, even in strengthening our trust in Him—than He is that we live a life fit for a romanticized fictional book.
We have to trust that He is a capable author. That He does have our best interests at heart. And that He is working for our good, according to His wisdom which passes our understanding.
2) Trust God completely.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
In his frantic haste to find Ellia, had he trusted in the Lord with all of his heart? Was not Ellia a part of his heart? Did he truly trust the Lord with her, even though he knew not of her whereabouts?
Here was the sucker-punch for me: “Was not Ellia a part of his heart?” Wow. So often, we don’t even realize what “all thine heart” entails. We try to control and hang onto this part of our life or that part of our life when God is lovingly asking us to give Him our all—because Who better can guide and direct our paths than the very One Who created us and gave us the desires of our heart?
Oh, it’s easy to trust God in areas that don’t really matter to us—in areas that are going in a smooth flow anyway. But what about that thing that is nearest and dearest to us? That one dream that we’re trying to hang onto for dear life? Can we trust God with that? He’s not a cruel master, demanding we give Him our all so that He can torture us and gleefully take away what we hold dearest. He’s a gentle, loving Father. And He knows what is truly best for us. But do we truly believe that? If we did, would we fight so hard to surrender our plans, dreams, and desires to Him?
The more I get to know God as a loving father, the more I realize I can trust Him. He knows my deep-seated dreams and desires more than I do myself. He even knows what causes those desires to emerge. He sees the struggle I have with submitting those areas over to Him. Yes, He even knows how much I struggle to trust Him at times. But He loves me anyway. And He’s still calling out to me, “Trust in Me.” He’s patiently waiting for me to trust Him, because He knows the precious treasure trove He has for me. He knows what plans He has for me that are far greater than any plan I can dream up or imagine.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7
About the Tour
Welcome to the second month of the Tales of Faith 3-Month tour! For the month of June, Amanda guest posted on a dozen blogs, featuring “Befriending the Beast.” This month, we’re getting a deeper look into book two of the Tales of Faith series: “The Secret Slipper.” Each post by Amanda is unique to the blog—an inspirational post, an article on the writing craft, an excerpt from one of the Tales of Faith books… you’ll just have to visit each blog to see what comes up. ;) Amanda will link to each blog on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
I am a 22 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.