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    The Key to Trusting God When Bad Things Happen

    A few weeks ago, a young lady in my youth group texted me this question: “How do you just trust God?”

    I’ve been thinking about that question a lot and what I’ve discovered is that the answer is simple but the application is hard.

    First, let’s talk about Disneyland. I know it sounds weird, so bear with me.

    I’ve lived in Southern California my entire life. I was born here and my family never lived more than 30 minutes from Disneyland (my husband, Dave, and I still live within 30 minutes of the Magic Kingdom). As a result of living so close, I’ve been to Disneyland at least once a year every year of my life.

    I love Disneyland. I love the decorations, the costumes, the rides, the food, the characters, music, parades, etc. I love that they make it “snow” on Main Street during the winter months.

    Girls, I celebrated my 26th birthday at Epcot in Disney World with Disney princesses. Seriously, I’m a Disney fanatic.

    What if I only ever spent time dwelling on the bad things about Disneyland?

    • It’s super expensive! Admission, food, souvenirs—it’s all ridiculously high-priced.
    • It’s ALWAYS crowded!
    • The lines for rides are at least 30 minutes long (on an “uncrowded” day) while most of the actual rides are five minutes or less.
    • Not all of the food is good. Have you ever tried the hamburgers in Tomorrowland? If you haven’t, don’t.

    If I only ever dwelled on the negative things about Disneyland, I’d probably never go and I’d miss out on a lot of fun things.

    Instead, I choose to dwell on all the things I love about Disneyland and that’s why I keep going back.

    The Bible says this about praising and trusting God:

     

    I will meditate on Your majestic, glorious splendor and Your wonderful miracles. (Psalm 145:5) (NLT)

     

    The key to trusting God is meditating on who He is and the miracles He’s already done (especially the ones He’s done in your life or the lives of your friends). Thank Him for those things whenever you find yourself worrying about your situation.

    It’s up to you to choose where to put your focus.

    When we only focus on our problems and the things that are going wrong in our lives, we open the door wide to welcome fear and doubt.

    However, when we focus on our God and the miraculous things we know He’s done and is still doing, we slam the door in fear’s face and our trust in God grows stronger.

    I’m not guessing here, girls. This is the strategy that the Holy Spirit has been helping me learn and apply while we deal with the tumor afflicting Dave’s brain. If I don’t focus on God and His miracles, I lose my hope and trust very quickly because the situation is so difficult. But as I focus on my God and His wonderful miracles, I’m able to trust Him more for the best outcome.

     

    Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)

    Girls, will you commit to trying this in your current difficult situations?

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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