Friday, August 26, 2011

No Clauses

How would you complete this sentence:   
I trust God _________________.

My son just started a new job this week.  Even though he's 19 years old, I'm still his mama, and this mama has been known to worry a time or two.  I've been trying to remember those six little words God spoke to my heart, but sometimes my heart forgets. 

Monday and Tuesday, my son had to be at work at 7:00 a.m., which is early for him.  I woke up at 6:00 both mornings because I was worried that he would be late for work.  Yesterday he had to be at work at 5:30 a.m., so I didn't sleep much all night from worrying about him getting up.  But all three mornings my son was already awake when I went down to check on him - he didn't need my help. Yesterday God was really speaking to me about all this worrying.  He reminded me again that I shouldn't worry, just pray

This morning I woke up at 4:30 and instead of getting up to check on my son, I just said a quick prayer and went back to sleep.  I woke up again at 5:30, the time when my son should have been starting work, and  I decided to get up to see if his truck was gone.  It wasn't; he was still in bed and consequently, late for work.  Why didn't God answer my prayer and get him up? 

After reading my Bible, I began to have some peace.  I decided that God allowed my son to oversleep as a growth opportunity.  God was trying to teach my son a lesson.  Makes sense, right? But then God began to speak to my heart, or should I say, then I began to listen. 

I think maybe the lesson to be learned was for me, not my son.

How did you complete the sentence at the top of the page?

I've realized that my trust in God comes with a clause.  I trust God if he acts the way I expect him to.  I trust God as long as he solves this problem.  I trust God when I clearly see the answer.  

My trust was based on the fact that if I prayed, God would wake up my son and he would get to work time, whistling all the way.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.  Isaiah 55:8

The only correct way to fill in the blank is this:  I trust God PERIOD!  No strings attached.  No if's, and's or but's.  Just I trust God.

Does your trust in God come with a period or a clause?

Many blessings,

Linking up with Beholding Glory for Brag on God Fridays. 


  1. I trust God PERIOD. So challenging to do sometimes. I could see being like you when my son is 19. :) But we need to learn to trust God and our kids need to learn consequences.

  2. I trust God...PERIOD. I hear it, I see it, I HAVE to do it. I have to trust God because He is God. Great lesson.

  3. Amen -- oh, Lisa. I know that I needed to hear this today. Heart work happening...

  4. Being the mother of a 20 year old, I can so relate to your post! Thanks for sharing and encouraging us where to put our trust!

  5. Hi Lisa - as I was reading I was thinking "what would I fill in, what would I fill in.." and I thought, I'd like to be at that place in my life where, that was the complete statement. But yours is so much better - period!
    God bless and great post. have a super weekend. You are a great encouragement to me

  6. I trust God in everything is how I answered the question. I must say sometimes that trust doesn't come with a period.

  7. Lisa,
    I did this with my older son years ago. I understand. My youngest starts college next Monday and I've already thought about this and thinking, I need not worry about him getting up. He's a big boy now and has to be able to get himself up. But I know I will be awake listening for him:) But I also will trust in Him to help my son. Thank you for the encouragment!

  8. I can totally relate to this. My daughter (20) is always anoyed with me that I remind her to set her alarm on days she's working. So far, she hasn't been late yet, but I still worry that one day she might be. I just guess I have to open my hands and give that worry over to God. And I would say, "I trust God to provide". Things have been hard financially, but He is always faithful.

  9. That last sentence is going to haunt me. A good ghost!

  10. What a blessing your post was today. Something I am truly trust....and now He is adding....and obey. Thank you for sharing and confirming the very essential truths God has been trying to teach my heart!

  11. Very well said. I'll have an 18 year old next month and it's hard to let go of the reigns a little, knowing all along that God has full control of it. But the Momma in me wants to oversee her and to make sure she doesn't stumble but they have to stumble in order to learn. It's how we learn.
    I had one year you would have thought I was a drunk I learned so much. LOL!
    Thanks for this and I will trust God PERIOD!

  12. I guess the worry doesn't't stop as they get older. Bummer! Thanks for the encouragement.

  13. I trust God with all my heart. My favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6
    Loved your thoughts today and blessings to you!

  14. I trust God... period, but it's not always easy. That verse is a wonderful reminder that there is always a reason beyond our understanding why He does or doesn't do something. Great post :)

  15. This was so good! I am also a thinker (worrier?), with six grown kids, and God needs to remind me over and over again to pray and trust, and not worry. I loved your six words. Thank you for sharing these thoughts.

  16. Oh I can totally relate! I remember when my oldest started college, I was so worried that he would oversleep for school (or for work).

    As a matter of fact, he was late for work and he did miss his first class another time. But he also learned that he can't stay up late the night before watching t.v. and expect to be able to get up easily in the morning, lol!

    Now my youngest is starting college in Sept., and he has a very early class. So now I get to hope and pray that he gets up on time too, lol!

  17. More and more lately God has been trying to teach me to do just that. Trust HIM period. Needless to say...I am not there yet! I have clauses in my trust too. Thank you for reminding me how important it is to just Trust.