Trusting God with the Details

So we went and looked at the house today. You know, the one with stairs.

And guess what?

It actually has two staircases. The main staircase near the front door, and a hidden set of stairs that go from the upstairs bonus room to the downstairs laundry room. For a 4 year old boy who desperately wants stairs, I can’t think of anything cooler than a hidden, secret staircase.

The house is exactly what we are looking for with some added bonuses. It actually has 4 bedrooms, plus a large bonus room. It has a screened in back porch. It has a large laundry room and pantry, a gas burning fireplace, a super large sitting room that would make the perfect new crafty home office. It’s in a wonderful neighborhood with a swimming pool, it’s close to our new church and within walking distance to a great library, and it’s close to a Target. It is truly everything we want in a house.

There’s just this one little thing. The man who lives there, who was ready to give his 30-day notice any day now, is now unsure of his plans to move. It could be Christmas break, it could be May.

And this little detail sends me into a worrying frenzy.

I really don’t want to move over Christmas break, nor do I want to have to commute for 6 months. In my perfect plan, he would give his notice tomorrow, we would move the first week of December, and we would be unpacked and decorated for Christmas.

BUT…

When it comes to living by faith, I have learned that things don’t often go according to my plans, but that God usually works and moves in mysterious and unconventional ways, so that when it is all said and done, all we can do is give Him the glory for making things possible.

I have learned that He is a God of the details. That He hasn’t worked out every part of this transition in our lives only to say, “Oops, I didn’t see that one coming!” No, He sees the big picture and He knows where we are going to live and when we are going to live there. And even if we do end up moving over Christmas break or if we have to commute for 6 months, He will supply us with the peace and strength that we need to make it through, and to do so joyfully. And if this isn’t the house for us, He already has one picked out and will reveal it to us in His time.

I just have to trust Him with the details.

I can’t help but think about this in regards to the presidential election last night. I know that the election did not go according to many people’s plans, and if you are finding yourself in a worrying frenzy today, I want to remind you that God sees the big picture and that He is not surprised nor has He been thrown for a loop.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

We must rest in this promise and not fret about the things that do not seem to be going according to our plans. We have to remember that He is faithful and that He is always at work.

I’d like to leave you today with the lyrics of one of my favorite songs. I can’t seem to get it out of my head at the moment.

Close your eyes, take a step

It’s okay, I know where we’re going

Don’t fret, I’ve been before

Through these valleys, down these long and dangerous roads

Yet dark as they seem, trust me

Though you can’t see, trust me

The way may be steep, you can trust me

Let me lead, trust me

Open your eyes, but don’t let go of my hand

Let your tears give way to smiles, see the joy inside the trial

Don’t worry, you’re safe with me around

Rest assured I’m on your side

I won’t let you hit the ground

But close as it seems, trust me

Though you can’t see, trust me

The way may be steep, you can trust me

Let me lead, trust me

So today, I choose to trust Him. Will you join me?

Always,

Amanda

Song: Trust Me by Crystal Lewis



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Comments

  1. Oh wow, I’m in tears. I barely know where to begin.
    So let me backtrack a bit, I just seemingly stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago. Looking now I feel that it was divine intervention :). Every post I have read God has used to reveal things to me! This one might have just spoken to me loudest of all (ok I’ve only read like 4 or 5 posts, but still:)
    I have been feeling/hearing God speaking to me for a while now to “Just trust in Him”, in Every area of my life. It’s crazy how you can be a Christian for what feels like your whole life (I was a young girl when I asked Jesus into my heart!) and still God has to keep reminding me to Trust in Him, that he will lead and guide my footsteps if I get out of the way and let him :). Your post is just further confirmation (I have never heard that song before either, I will be looking it up though!). I think I could go on and on here, but I’ll spare you my ramblings on and just say Thank You! For letting God use you to minister to others and for your obedience. 🙂

  2. Oh, sweet friend. I can sooooo relate to this. I love your heart and I know God will work out all of the details, but the waiting *is* hard. Praying for your whole family right now in the unsure season.

    Blessings,
    Melanie

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      The waiting is so hard. I am not a very patient person. Maybe God is trying to cultivate patience in my life. Thank you for your prayers. They are very much needed and appreciated!

  3. Amanda…I am blessed to know you! What a heart for the Lord you have. I love that you are trusting in Him to guide and calm your heart.
    Katie

  4. I’m excited to see the Lord’s plan unfold for you guys!

  5. I do the same thing at times, push the worry button. Every time a difficult/challenging season approaches, I wonder how I will make it through. God is always faithful! And His plans are more beautiful than I could ever imagine. Thank you for such honesty in your post.

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