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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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5 Comments

  1. BekahBlue32

    Posted by BekahBlue32 on October 19, 2014 at 20:08

    Thank you so much for posting this. Even though I saw this a week ago, rereadin get this has helped me. I need trust and patience in my life specifically right now as my momma has been having mental health issues and how it’s affected my family. It hurts to watch her as I know I can’t do anything physically except pray that God would bring her back to her wonderful self of always having joy and faith in the Lord and not so….out of it and doubtful of God’s love for her. I know this won’t be a quick fix, let alone there is no guarantee that she will come back fully- but I want to trust in the Lord in His goodness and pray for no short of a miracle. But anyways, thank you for the advise on trusting Him. 🙂

  2. thetruth

    Posted by thetruth on October 14, 2014 at 10:27

    Ok? So if you boyfriend or husband who you loved and he says he loves you. But he puts you through crazy tough situations.why would you still love him why would you stay with him. You wouldnt life shouuldnt be hard like Christians try to make it!

    • Posted by JennArman on October 15, 2014 at 11:25

      thetruth I understand what you’re trying to express but think about what Jesus went through. He is perfect and still His life wasn’t easy. Several of Jesus’ disciples were martyred for their faith and early Christian often had to hide the fact that they were Christians at all. That doesn’t sound like an easy life to me but it showed them how lost and broken other people were and made them more determined to share the gospel with everyone.

      What should we be given an easy Christianity? God never said our lives would be easy. When Jesus said that His “yoke is easy and His burden is light” what He meant was that in whatever situations we encounter, if we go through them staying at His side, then He will carry the heaviest part of the burden, but Jesus never meant that we wouldn’t have to carry any of the burden.

  3. sunbluie

    Posted by sunbluie on October 12, 2014 at 17:40

    i loved this! thx

    • Posted by JennArman on October 15, 2014 at 11:26

      sunbluie I’m glad you liked it! I hope it helped you with trusting God a little more in hard situations 🙂