How to Trust God In Trying Times
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
If you would have told me last Sunday that my son would be in and out of the hospital all week, I would have called you crazy. It’s amazing how we can be on top of the world one moment and fighting for our lives the next. It’s also amazing how God reminds us that HE is always in control of EVERYTHING.
Last week, my son woke up in the middle of the night with a fever of 105 degrees. We immediately called our family doctor who instructed us to take him to the emergency room. To hear those words would be frightening to any parent, but instead of panicking in fear, I said a prayer and took him to the hospital. After prayer, I felt confident and even a little proud of my spiritual progress to pray instead of worry.
Little did I know, that this was only the beginning of a spiritually trying week.
After several hours in the emergency room, the doctor sent us home with simple instructions to push fluids as they had no idea what was actually causing the fever. It seemed as if he had a common cold with exaggerated symptoms. So, the next couple of days my wife and I kept a close watch and provided medicine on a tight schedule to nurse our son back to health.
Each day he continued to have a fever in the low 100’s. So, finally we took him to our family doctor and explained how the hospital was unable to help us. Our doctor looked at our soon and suggested we take him to the hospital again. This time, the hospital administered several tests and determined our son was dehydrated but still found no signs of a major illness.
The Faith Testing Process
As they administered tests, I watched my two year old son scream in fear & pain. They stuck him with needles, inserted catheters, and more. If I can be honest, I lost sight of my faith for a moment. My mind replayed memories of going through this when I lost my oldest child. The screams of my child pierced my heart so much so, that the only thing I could think about was how bad I wanted to take his place.
Although my heart was in a genuine place, I took my eyes and focus off of God and instead focused on my current situation.
Later, I’ll tell you the rest of the story, but for now, I want to share some tips on how to trust God in the midst of trying situations.
How to Trust God In The Middle
Understand that there is nothing that you can do on your own that will ever be greater than what God can do.
Know that God has your best interest at heart, and it is in his interest that you have a beautiful testimony to share with others when this situation is all said and done.
Remember that everything is always under control, even if you decide to panic and stress over the situation.
Adopt the belief that prayer changes things. You can shift your own situation and someone else’s through prayer. BUT prayer only works when you believe it does.
Look ahead. Think about the end of this situation. If your current circumstance involves a hospital like my situation did, think of the moment when everything is sorted out, taken care of, and you’re headed home with everyone in good health.
Keep the faith. It’s understandable that things are scary, but hold onto your faith that everything will work out for the good of them who love the Lord.
Write down your desired outcome as if it has already happened. This is a good habit to get into. When you write it down, read it over and over again. Say it aloud, and wait in expectation that it will come to past.