Trust and Obey

Many summers ago my sister and I went through the book by Packer entitled Knowing God. It was a wonderful summer of discussion, spiritual growth, and contentment. Perhaps the most valuable thing I took from our study was the many characteristics and qualities of God. For the first time, I dwelled on how little I am and how BIG He is. Lately, I've been longing for that feeling of being protected, of just abandoning myself in the fact that He is unchanging, only wise, full of love.

Apprehension has been swirling around me for the past two weeks. Similarly to the on-off feel of our current winter storms, I feel dry and sunny with just a hint of clouds one day, and ankle deep in cold, raw rain the next. While I know that God controls this world and my sliver in it, lately I've been struggling with trusting Him. I am impatient. I want to know the future.

At the point that I really start getting myself into a whining frenzy those old notes and words drift into my head:

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear, Can abide while we trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love, Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows, Are for them who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet, Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go; Never fear, only trust and obey.

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