Blog Carnival: One Word at a Time


assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something

I have been thinking a lot about surrender lately. Things have been feeling tough. I was having a lot of headaches. We are making some changes in our life, and the uncertainty makes me feel insecure. In short, I have been out of sorts.

But where surrender comes in is that many of the changes are beyond my influence or control. In fact, there are only a few things that I can control. Most of the time that is okay, but there are moments when it makes me crazy.

Sunday I cried through worship. It is not unusual since I become a grandmother for me to be that emotional. (Some button got pushed by that baby, and I became an emotional woman.) My cry was simply that Father walk with me through these times, that He not leave me. And then this:

"The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."
(Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)

Trust isn't about blind faith. I have watched God work in my life and in the life of others. I know He is good. I know He cares for me. I know He is the only steadiness in this rapidly changing world. That is what trust is for me: relying on WHO God is...

When I walk in my house, I turn the door knob. I never wonder if the knob will turn. That is its function. I never wonder if my house in on the inside. It always has been. When the knob doesn't turn correctly or my key won't come out, I don't think, "Well, I am never going to find my house." I think, "What the heck is wrong with this thing?" because it goes against the nature of it. I look to see if I put my key in incorrectly because the door knob never changes, but operator error is always a random possibility.

In much the same way, tho on a much more magnificent scale, I can rely on who God is, on the attributes I find in Scripture and on the evidence I have from my own life.

This verse makes me smile because although I knew God was with me, I knew He desired to care for me, I knew He loved me, I knew He soothed me with that love...I never imagined Him singing to me in joy. Isn't that the most amazing thing?

The God of the Universe finds so much JOY in me that He SINGS?!?

He never ceases to surprise me. He never ceases His lavish love. He never ceases to give me reasons to trust Him.

You can check out the blog carnival for other perspectives on TRUST here.


R. Holloway said…
The Bible says to test everything and hold on to the good. I like what you said about God earning your trust. You are the first one to overtly move the conversation in that direction. Great thought.
Helen said…
I never imagined Him singing with joy either, especially not over me. That is something to contemplate.
Anonymous said…
"I knew He desired to care for me, I knew He loved me, I knew He soothed me with that love...I never imagined Him singing to me in joy."

Awesome and comforting words! Thank you for joining in the carnival, Jaime.
Anne L.B. said…
"Trust isn't about blind faith."

True, even though faith is believing in the unseen. Amazing that although He is unseen, we are only blind if we cannot see God.

I love this post. If you get a chance to see it, my post is very much about surrender, specially addressed in the last remark on the 1:51 comment.
Wow...God rejoices over us with singing. What a concept! I haven't mulled that verse over before, thank you for bringing it to the conversation!

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