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August 2018 Newsletter

An ongoing series of informational entries

The Pilgrimage of Trust

By Megan Bussert

August 1, 2018

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11

Trust is a fragile word; it's essence is shaped by experience. Living in a fallen world, trust can feel impossible once shattered. Dan B. Allender said "Trust is a giving of our soul to another with the hope we will not be harmfully used." This got me thinking; do I trust God this deeply? Do I truly offer myself up to God in ALL circumstances? Quite honestly my answer is no. In times of desolation, drought, and spiritual fatigue I'll admit I'm often unwilling to fully surrender my heart to God. This is a critical problem. By my unwillingness to place my full trust in God, I am preventing myself from fully receiving His grace.

A journey is beginning. I encourage you to join me in daily preaching the gospel to yourself. By resting in God's word and divine promises we know He never abandons, never forsakes, and only works for the good of His children. Our eyes may not behold all the wonders of His hands in our lives, but that doesn't mean there aren't brilliant stars beyond the darkest storms. God is actively at work. That is where we can place our trust- in the unfailing embrace of a loving Father who will gather us up in His arms, using every opportunity to teach, refine, and restore us. If we are willing to surrender to His will and not our own, trust will be built that can never be destroyed. If we can only step aside and allow Him to truly work in our hearts and lives even when our circumstances are dire, our patience long gone, and our weary figures are trudging through the day wondering when the pain will end.

Let's preach the gospel to ourselves. Remembering who we serve. Remembering God's unfailing love. Remembering Christ on the cross. Pray ceaselessly; lamenting, weeping, repenting, praising- to the One who cherishes our trust. And let us witness the pilgrimage of sickness, pain, and trial unfold into a journey of finding our way back home.