Trust God With Your Life


Trust God With Your Life and Leave the Consequences to Him

Part 1 on Obedience

unfinished-cross-stitch.jpg We place our trust in a lot of different things don’t we? We trust our bank with our money. We trust our cars to get us from point A to point B. We trust the Weather Channel to give us an accurate weather report (well, maybe not). We trust the chairs that we are sitting in right now not to collapse and deposit us ungracefully on the ground. The problem is that even though we trust these things they eventually let us down. Banks mess up and cost us money (though it never seems to be their mistake), cars break down (my mini-van did so to my wife yesterday), I think the only people surprised by the weather are the people that report it on T.V. and chairs sometimes break (usually when you have a full cup of coffee).

We place our trust in people as well. Does that work? Ask the child whose father hit him in anger or the wife abandoned with a two year old. Ask the church where a pastor has committed a sin that gave the church a big black eye and brought scorn down on them from the community. Talk to the parents of a teen who stole from them or seek out a man that was stabbed in the back at work and therefore passed over for promotion. How about the family of New York’s governor Eliot Spitzer who was linked to a call girl ring and has since stepped down from being governor. I am not into bashing people for what they have done, but he destroyed his family’s trust in him.

May I introduce you to someone who will never let you down, whom you can put complete trust in? His name is God. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” I am not a Pie-in -the-Sky Christ-follower, I realize that sometimes we feel let down not only by things and people but by God Himself. But may I offer you a different view of being let down by God? My wife likes to sew and cross-stitch. She makes some very pretty things. She makes clothes for the kids, blankets, little wall decorations and so on. Here is the crazy part, when she cross-stitches she likes to jump around. She doesn’t do one part at a time, she does one color at a time. At first I can’t see anything of value, it looks very ugly. But as she fills in the rest of it a design of sorts begins to appear. Before long I can make out what the design is, but it is still ugly and unfinished. A few days later (months for her current project) I begin to see the beauty. And when she is finished, BAM- it looks awesome. Now my wife has the picture in her head from the beginning of what it will look like when she is done and she is carefully adding colors and stitches to bring that beauty out a little at a time. She knows the end result, the process isn’t pretty, nor is it neat (I am constantly finding little pieces of colored string in my pockets at work and on our towels) but the end is worth it. The pay-out bears the cost. Our lives are that cross-stitch, or tapestry if you will, and God is the seamster ( is that a guy seamstress?) He lovingly adds a stitch here and a stitch there, occasionally we mess up by not following Him and He has to take some of the thread back out and work it in again.

Sometimes it looks ugly, but as He continues to sew, a beautiful picture emerges, we begin to look a little like His Son, (Reflections of a Mirror- showing Jesus to the world, cool how that worked out). Looking at an unfinished project we may think God screwed up, but seeing the finished project we will know that unlike my wife, he never screwed up. Actually, there is another comparison to my wife in this analogy, she pricks her finger all the time, and sometimes blood will get on the project, but here the comparison ends, because if she can’t clean the blood from the canvass she throws it away.

God also pricked His finger while sewing the tapestry of our lives, but His wasn’t a mistake. He allowed nails to be driven through His hands and feet and the blood that falls onto the canvas of our lives doesn’t stain us but it cleanses us. “the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 (last part) God has a different view of our lives, He sees the finished work of art, not the messiness in the middle. When we trust in Him and let him lead us we can be sure that He will guide us straight a true, no matter what life looks like to us.

Remember- Who has a better perspective- the ant looking up or the person looking down? So then who has a better perspective- us looking up or God looking down?

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