As the weeks count down and the day draws near I realize my “new” normal I have become accustomed to is about to change once more. I am currently living in what seems to be an accelerated version of this thing called life. It seems like yesterday I was staring at the most gorgeous women I have ever seen, promising her that I will spend the rest of my life with her. Playing games with the scan gun as we registered for wedding gifts and planned out what we wanted our lives to look like. Carrying her into our first, two bedroom apartment and establishing for the first time what we would call home.
Realizing in my late twenties that this life is, as the bible describes it “just a mist that is here for a little while, and then is gone” (James 4:14). This is an inclination of those of us who desire to gather all we can in this life; relationships, laughs, memories, wisdom, and yes even monetary possessions. If we’re all honest with ourselves we all really do want to experience the most out of this side of existence “lifeand life to the fullest”, which inspires me as a man to want to provide all that I can for the ones that matter most to me, my wife and soon to be born daughter.
Herein lies the problem. I admittedly reside in the security of me. What can I provide? What can I bring to the table? What can I, Austin, do to make my family full, warm, content, and protected? Then I realize, in that moment of total surrender to my wife at the altar as we said “I do”, putting our complete trust into one another, we had made an eternal trust agreement. Much like when we lay our lives down before the Lord, we enter into a relationship that is built on commitment, trust, humility, and love. In return God promises us what any great father would; to care for us, watch over us, love us, and through His Spirit bring a level of peace and trust that surpasses all of our understanding. He promised.
“We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.”
– Charles R. Swindoll
So today my friends let us rest in His presence and receive the peace that has been promised as we choose to trust an all knowing and faithful Father.