Guest Post from Farrell

Today, I’m so excited to feature a guest post from one of Cally’s best friends from college.  She’s a red head, so I automatically love her!  She is full of energy (in a great way) and exudes joy and love to everyone around her.  She also has a deep love for God and a heart that loves ministering and encouraging other women.  So without further ado, here’s Farrell!

(Cally and Farrell)

You might think that the following is simply a reflection of my clumsiness and inability to balance on my own two feet (this is surprisingly difficult for me!), but I prefer to see it as a lesson taught lovingly by the Lord. 
I was riding the metro today after work, and as the train came to a stop at the platform, I let go of the handrail and lined up to wait for the doors to open.   Suddenly, without warning, the train lurched forward several feet, flinging me to the ground.  Inches from face-planting on the metro floor, I was suddenly seized by strong arms that picked me up and steadied me.  I spun around to face a kindly older gentleman whose quick reflexes had saved the day.  More embarrassed than anything else (especially since I was one of the few passengers who had fallen), I stammered a quick thank you and rushed out of the now stationary car. 
So how does a story about my clumsiness relate to the Lord?   For the past two months, I’ve been struggling to trust the Lord.  I graduated from college, moved home, and now live in a completely new city.  My best friends are scattered around the country and I have no idea what my future holds.  And while all of this can be really exciting, it’s also caused me to come face-to-face with major uncertainty.  With nothing permanent in my life to grasp onto, I’ve learned just how important it is to lean on the Lord.
The problem is, I’m really really bad at this whole trust thing.  I often say that I’ll put all my worries in the Lord’s hands, yet the next day I’m back to feeling anxious about them.  I like to take matters into my own hands and figure things out for myself and if my way works out, I’ll quickly thank God afterward and then move on.  And if my way doesn’t work, I blame God.  I think I like to think of myself as “independent,” when in fact I’m probably more appropriately described as “prideful.” 
Thankfully, the Lord tends to teach me things in very un-subtle ways.  His teaching method definitely eliminates any chance for me to pretend that I didn’t understand His meaning.  My friend Rachel sums it up perfectly with her description of the Lord teaching lessons in the form of a “sucker punch to the face,” and I must admit that He’s delivered several of those to me over the past few months. 
When I was trying to figure out my life post- college, I didn’t trust the Lord to find a job for me after graduation; but he did.  I didn’t trust the Lord provide me with housing here in D.C.; and about a week ago, he did. 
Today when that nice older man caught me on the metro, I was reminded of the steadfastness of the Lord, how He is always there for us.  Thankfully, that man was there to catch me so I avoided a few bumps and bruises, but even better, the Lord is there to catch us when life flings us to the ground.  After all, Deuteronomy 31:8 reassures us,
“The Lord God goes before you and is with you.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.”
Likewise, Psalm 27:1 says,
“The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?”
How true is that!  Even when we try to find our own way and disregard the Lord, He remains there for us.  When we get to the edge and we’re about to fall, He is there to catch us.  He refuses to give up on us!  He loves us so much regardless of the many times that we try to break away from Him, regardless of the times we disregard His guidance, and regardless of the countless times we fail.  What joyous news!
The chorus of Hillsong’s This is my Desire  sums it up quite nicely:
Lord I give you my heart
I give you my soul
I live for you alone.

Lord, we thank You so much for standing by us and for loving us through everything.  We no longer trust in ourselves, but we place our trust in You alone.

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