By Melissa Holmlund
“Will you trust me?” I’ve heard this question often, especially in recent months. My family has been through a significant season of change. We left a church we loved and called home for 18 years. We left a ministry into which we poured our hearts and souls. We surrendered hopes and dreams, plans and desires to the Lord because we knew He was asking us to.
After months of prayer and for many reasons, we knew the Lord was leading us to “step out of the boat….” The decision to step out of the familiar comfort of the known into the unknown is not easy (it’s actually very, very difficult), even when you know it is what you need to do.
I like to have answers. I like to have a plan. I like to know where I am going, what I am going to do when I get there, and what I need to do to be prepared….but right now, I don’t know all the wheres and whats, but I “trust” my Heavenly Father’s plan.
My Heavenly Father is asking me to rest and wait patiently for Him. He’s asking me to commit my way to Him. He’s asking me to delight myself in Him. He’s asking me to dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness. He is leading me beside green pastures and quiet waters. He’s restoring my soul.
I love the story of Peter. Jesus asked Peter to follow him.
Peter, who was a fisherman, left his nets and followed Jesus. This rough and gruff, outspoken dude, who like each of us was seriously flawed and imperfect, left everything. He left his boats, his nets, his livelihood and IMMEDIATELY followed Jesus.
He knew the voice of His Father. He knew the voice of the one who called His name. Peter didn’t know where he was going. He didn’t know what he was going to do or say, but He knew WHOM he was going to follow.
This Peter would one day walk on water.
This Peter would one day be a fisher of men.
This Peter, who often did the wrong thing and said the wrong thing, would stand with Jesus at the Mount of Transfiguration and be the first to preach the good news on the day of Pentecost.
This Peter who denied Christ three times would one day give his life for Jesus by dying a martyr's death, hung upside down on a cross.
Peter trusted God. Peter’s life was transformed!
I am trusting God with my family, my church, and my dreams.
I have dreams that I hope come to pass. But you know what? Even if they don’t, I will trust the Lord, and I will praise Him! He is worthy to be praised!
I’m alive to know Christ and to make Him known. I only want the dreams that are God’s dreams to come to pass in my life, and I KNOW that what the Lord purposes, He will do.
Verse of the Week:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-7
Heavenly Father, help me to trust in You with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength knowing full well that YOU will direct my path. Help me to surrender whatever is it You want me to surrender. Help me to delight myself in You and Your word. Help me to grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and be ready for His coming. In His name I pray. Amen.