I Will Trust Him

Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. John 6:68
Not to date myself but as a child we had party lines. When the phone rang, you had to make sure it was our ring before answering it. (i.e. we shared the same phone line with our neighbors.) Technology has changed in my lifetime.  They say that we hold more technology in our hands today than was used to put Armstrong on the moon.  
Most evenings our son uses that same little phone to video call us just before their bedtime so we can blow kisses and give ‘Good night, Sleep tight’ wishes to our granddaughters.

Three little girls fresh with brushed teeth and clean pajamas gather in their den to see Honey and Poppy on Daddy’s phone just before bedtime. Our almosttwoyearold tries her best to get as close to her daddy’s phone as possible while she repeats, “Poppy! Honey!” all while blowing kisses to us. Her fouryearold sister typically doesn’t make an appearance in front of the phone. She doesn’t hide, but she’s clearly not a camera hound like her baby sister. And their sixyearold big sister likes to sit quietly on the sofa taking it all in. This sweet ritual has quickly become the highlight of our evening while our hearts melt like snow cones at a Little League park.

Draw close to God. What does that really look like?

As I contemplate the different postures I’ve taken in my relationship with God, I am coincidentally reminded of the different personalities of our three girls. There were seasons that I tried to stay off of God’s radar. Not hiding but certainly not doing anything noteworthy. Maybe if He doesn’t see me, then I can do what I want and He won’t notice if I’m not too bad.  I’ve also had seasons where I did exactly what was expected of me. Be good. Don’t rock the boat. Don’t draw attention. But funny  how “acting right” quickly evolved into just going through the motions.  
As I try to find the answer to, How do I draw close to God? My favorite season is when I position myself like our youngest granddaughter…when I get up close and personal. All up in my Daddy’s lap blowing kisses, so excited, looking for Him.   I can hardly contain myself.  It’s such a good place to be.
Later today we go to the oncologist to get the results from a biopsy that was required based on my scan last week.  It is never fun to have the tests done, but it is even less fun to have to wait to get the results.  
Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. John 6:68
This week I chose to be like our youngest granddaughter.  I chose to get all up in His lap to position myself to see the Father better.  
During prayer I stood and sang choruses with words like, God, whatever comes my way I will trust you and, I am Yours and You are mine,  or Great is Your faithfulness, and This is my confidence, You never failed me yet.  
For me, drawing close is about trust.  
Like Peter, I find myself saying, Lord, to whom would I go?  You have eternal life and… 
I will trust You
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight Proverbs 3:5-6

Yes indeed we love all three of our little girls equally.  But when that baby girl gets all up in the camera, calls my name, and starts blowing nightnight kisses, I crumble.  She could ask for a pink unicorn, and I would do my very best to find one and have it delivered to her door.  Isn’t that how God is?  He is a good, good Father! 

PRAYER:   Father, in Your Word You invite me to pour out my heart to You.  You are my refuge, and I know that anything I think, feel, or do is ok to bring to You.  Knowing that You are a safe place for me, I come to You and give You everything on my heart (talk to God about the specific things that are on your heart today).  From what is worrying me to what is delighting me, what I hope for to what I’m afraid of, I bring it all to You because I know I can trust You.  Help me and guide me in every area of my life, in Jesus’ Name.

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Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who is ten years new to Birmingham, Alabama.  Her sweet husband of 38 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ To read Cindy’s BoP Bio click here.

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