I remember driving through the mountains with my husband in the middle of a blizzard. Okay, it wasn’t really a blizzard, and I wasn’t really driving, but it sure seemed like a blizzard from where I sat in the passenger seat. It was snowing hard and the wind was blowing it across the mountain road. We couldn’t see more than a foot or two in front of us.
I’d love to tell you that trust for my husband’s driving abilities got me through that experience. Because I do trust him… but I was way past that. Even the world’s best driver couldn’t see where the mountain met the road until it was too late.
As our kids slept in the back seat, I silently cried out to Jesus.
Leaning On God’s Promises
I prayed the entire way through the whiteout condition. And then I praised Jesus the rest of the way down the mountain. On the way up we had talked about how beautiful the snow was, but also how massive the snow banks were. We never considered we might be driving through one of the dangerous snow storms that must have deposited them there.
Taped to the dash of our van, I had Joshua 1:9 written in sloppy handwriting on a faded green note card.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (ESV)
I kept reading that over and over again and praying for strength and courage that I might trust in Jesus to get us down that mountain. That I wouldn’t be frightened, but trust in Him. I tried to recall Job 37, one of my favorite passages about how God controls the weather. I knew He was the one that says to the snow, “Fall on the Earth” (vs 6) and He was in control of the wind (vs 9).
Knowing God is in control always brings me comfort. To know that I can trust in Him. That nothing happens outside of His will.
Growing My Trust In God
While I don’t think of that night often, those verses continue to keep me focused on Jesus when weather or driving conditions spiral out of my control. My husband has a 45-minute commute every morning on a road that is littered with wildlife. I am constantly praying for his safety, while trusting in Jesus to be in control.
I am a pessimist by nature; always assuming the worst. Remembering that God is in control helps me to trust Him regardless of what comes.
When my husband had neck surgery a few years back, I was terrified. They had to go in through the front of his neck, move everything in his throat aside, and replace a vertebra in the back. That just sounded scary to me. Too many things could go wrong, and any of them could be fatal.
Looking back, that was my first experience with anxiety. I have always had social anxiety, but that’s the time that triggered my anxiety disorder. Even though I cried out to Jesus to be strong and courageous no matter what came, I developed a nervous twitch in my eye, nausea, and sleepless nights. But both my husband’s surgery and that night on the mountain helped grow my faith in Jesus.
If life was always easy, I never would have learned to trust God.
The Trials of Life
James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
I still struggle with anxiety, and life is still far from perfect, but through it all I have a semblance of peace. When I slow down to think things through, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I can trust God. That He is in control. I don’t know what you are facing today, but I pray that you can find peace in that as well.
Has God ever used a circumstance beyond your control to help you trust in Him?
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