We wait…we hope…we trust. My fellow Romans, we are in this together
“Rome wasn’t built in a day”
If I heard that once, I heard it a million times growing up. “Good things come to those who wait”, was yet another phrase that both confused and frustrated me as a kid. I was impatient and anxious. I wanted it now.
Can you relate to any of this?
The Bible tells us to “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track?”
For me, the phrase “Trust God”, has been overshadowed by the events of 2020. While I continue to trust that God is sovereign, I do not always trust the circumstances or people in my life. Through the events of this past year, God has gently shown me that not trusting the circumstances or people really means that I do not trust Him or His ability to provide for me.
Trusting God also means acknowledging his role in everything we do.
One particular area that I’m learning to trust God, is in raising my three daughters. Few processes require more patience. Time and again, we parents repeat cautions or instructions until we are blue in the face. We wonder if our words will ever sink in. Months turn into years and we’re still going back to the basics. Many a night we drop into bed exhausted, sometimes even mildly depressed. “Lord! What’s wrong? I don’t see much change.”
Just as “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and “Good things come to those who wait,” raising our kids is a life-long process that requires we hope, wait, and trust God.
So, my fellow Romans, we’re in it together…keep hoping, keep waiting…keep trusting.
Whether you’re a frustrated, tired parent; someone who feels defeated by the struggles of the past year; or, someone who has lost faith in the future, take heart. Be still, relax! You, like ancient Rome, are still being built and God is still in control. Trust Him, acknowledge Him and let Him mold and shape you into the incredible person, he desires for all of us!
Doug Boyd is senior pastor for Parkside Fellowship located at 5755 SW Erickson Ave in Beaverton. Call (503) 646-4455 or find out more by visiting parksidefellowship.org