Remembering God's Faithfulness
There are so many things to be in prayer about right now. The news is absolutely full of them, from illness to violence, broken hearts and families, and uncertainty about the future. In addition, we each have our personal struggles and desires to pray for, such as healing for our families and friends, wisdom in stressful situations, and a plethora of other concerns.
Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed - there is just so much need in the world. Sometimes we can feel like no one’s listening, like the problems are just too big. Sometimes the future can seem scary; it can seem like the world, or our lives, are out of control. I confess I’ve been struggling with this recently. I have been worried about the future because it doesn’t seem to be following the detailed plans that I have for it (the nerve!).
That is why I keep a special sign on my dresser.
On my dresser sits a little wooden sign. It is placed so that it is typically the first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning, and one of the last things I see when I get ready for bed at night. It reads “I still remember when I prayed for the things I have now.” This little sign reminds me of other times when I felt like I was barely treading water (or drowning). It reminds me of the storms God has carried me through, and that the life I have now is beyond what I ever could have imagined. It reminds me that my plans were never as good as what God had in store, and every time I thought I was off track was just a time that God was moving me in a different, and ultimately perfect, direction.
Looking back reminds me that God has been faithful in the past. God carried me through times when I felt like no one was listening or the problems I faced were insurmountable. It also reminds me that God is faithful here and now, in this very moment, when I can say that I have been blessed beyond measure. It also gives me a hope and a confidence for the future. Remembering God’s faithfulness helps me to declare with the Psalmist “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13 NIV). God has been faithful, is being faithful, and will continue to be faithful to us.
The future is uncertain at times. It can be big and scary and doesn’t seem to follow orders very well, but God has always been, and will always be, faithful. It is our job to pray as best we can, and leave the rest up to the God that loves us beyond anything we could ever hope for or imagine.