Sometimes the only thing you can do is say yes to the Lord. All you can do is surrender. All you can do is trust.
I have experienced this on a very deep level during the most recent season of my life. The rainfalls have been heavy and the ground has seemed far too dangerous to tread upon. In these times, it seems the best thing to do is say, “Yes, Lord, I’ll get wet and walk through the mud.”
… because here’s the thing…
We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can certainly control how we respond to our circumstances. A year ago I would not have believed this if you had said it to me. I would have denied our ability to handle our emotions. I would have said that our emotions are beyond us and beyond our control. As it turns out, we are totally in control of our reactions.
This means that we have a choice to make. We can choose, in our circumstances, to respond in the truth of the goodness of God, or we can choose not to respond in that truth. Either way, the reactions we express are absolutely a choice. And we each have the ability to choose.
This does not mean that we don’t experience our emotions. Our God is an emotional God. He experiences sadness, happiness, and anger just as we do. He created us with the ability to experience emotion. So what this does mean is that within our emotions, we choose to believe the truth.
I am sad, Lord, but I know You are comforter, and I am choosing to believe You are with me now.
I am lost and confused, but I know You are my guidance, and I am choosing to believe Your ways are perfect.
I am hurt and in pain, but I know that in all things You are good, and I am choosing to believe You have my best interest in mind.
I believe that when we realize our ability to make this choice, on a daily basis, to respond to all things in the truth of the goodness of the Lord, that we can take one more step towards the fullness of the beauty of who God is.
Will you make the choice?