• Pastor Sharon Hurkens

Our Story - His Story

5Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

What do we do when we think God is not hearing our prayers because we do not see the answers we want? When we believe that God is not moving that mountain we asked Him to move. When we reach a wall of water like the Red Sea and we cannot believe God to part it so we can walk through. What is it that we do?

Initially, we lean on our own understanding and panic. Unfortunately, most of us are control junkies. We need to control and set boundaries on our situations.

How can we surrender the need to control and act as if the outcome depends on us knowing what to do or how to escape the current situation? Why do we love to “help” God work our problems out? Just realize again that I am a control junkie. It is often so easy for us to see how our lives should unfold so that God can be glorified through us.

I have experienced His peace and direction when I follow three simple steps.

Firstly, I come to God in praise and adoration, worshiping Him for who He is. I thank Him that I can come into His presence even though I feel so unworthy, acknowledging that His grace is sufficient for me despite how I feel.

Secondly, I acknowledge that I am in a difficult situation and need His guidance, His wisdom and help.

This is often a very difficult step as I have to humble myself, relinquishing all I know to do.

I have to accept that I am stuck and only God can work the situation out.

Thirdly, I dump all my requests, holding nothing back. Afterall He knows exactly where I am and what I am thinking. Nothing catches Him off guard.

Then I stay in His presence until I sense that beautiful peace washing over me and now I can move on into the day. I wait for Him to direct my life, opening and closing doors as He deems fit.

I trust that my story, my life, will be His Story.

We often feel like Moses when he came to the edge of the Red Sea and looking back he saw the dust from the enemy fast closing in to attack. Moses turns to God, the only One who can help. God says, “What is that in your hand?” Moses then reaches out over the sea and it parts. They walk through on dry land.

When you feel as if there is an impossible situation in front of you, God asks you “What is that in your hand.” Move forward, trusting God to help with the situation. He does. Every time. Just not always the way we think He should.

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