I have my Dad to thank for some of the best advice I’ve ever received.
Growing up he taught me you could never be too picky about boys or cars (and that Ford’s were out of the question!) He told me to find a man who loves his mom, and that “you are only in trouble if you get caught” the night he spotted me out of the corner of his eye, piling hoards of toilet paper and silly string into my car all while making empty promises that I was “NOT going t-peeing!”
But one day his light-hearted encouragement changed to a different tune.
I remember the night he sat across from me in a dimly lit restaurant. He knew full well what was going on in my life at the time, but had invited me out that night because he wanted to hear it from me!
My words were almost apologetic, though there was nothing I could take back even if I wanted to. I was just a girl whose life in no way resembled the dreams I imagine my father had hoped for me all those years ago…
And for that I felt like a failure.
He listened intently, nodding in affirmation as I shared about the unfavorable hand life had dealt me, while not saying much in return. Yet the few words he did speak were ones I will never forget…
After ‘surveying the damage’ he asked poignantly, “So what if it gets WORSE?!”
I was taken aback by his callousness.
…Worse?!? I struggled to grasp where he was going with this, and wondered whether he knew that his attempt at encouragement was terribly backfiring.
I stumbled over my words as I searched for the right response to his seemingly cold-hearted question. “Well, I mean… I guess I’d just have to trust God then wouldn’t I?” I said sarcastically as if to dismiss his absurdity.
“Do you trust Him now?”
“Of course Dad!” I snapped defensively, dropping my fork with a clank, not caring who around me heard.
“If you trust Him, then why are you still talking about it?”
As a side note: oftentimes I question the validity of reality shows due to the fact that, “Who in their right mind would sob and scream in the middle of a restaurant?!?” But then I am always reminded of what occurred next…
The tears flowed freely…the wild bubbling of the lobster tank next to us couldn’t mask the heightening tone in my voice… the ‘ugly tears’ flowed causing my mascara to send trails down my cheeks… and I was forced to turn away and fidget with the salt shaker every time the waitress came by to refill our drinks, only to return to my Sob-Fest once she had left…
My Dad would go on to explain his position and remind me how much he loved me. He even hugged me tightly on our way out, though I stubbornly arched my back in resistance!
He acknowledged that he had made me
mad furious… And he was right!
He was right about how infuriated I was – and whether I liked it or not at the time – he was right about the fact that if I indeed trusted God as much as I said I did, I wouldn’t feel the need to stew in my problems hopelessly!
It’s a tough pill to swallow but he’s right.
If we truly trusted God we’d stop talking about the hopelessness of our situation…
If we trusted God we’d confide more in Him and less in Google. And we would certainly dwell less on the statistics that are, or are not, in our favor…
If we trusted Him we wouldn’t insist on bringing our petition to Him frantically, over and over, as if He didn’t hear us the first time, the second time, the third time…well – who are we kidding? The BAZILLIONTH time!
There is an Italian saying, “Il bel far niente,” which means, “the beauty of doing nothing” and for years that has been my faith mantra every time my panic takes over and I attempt to do things in my own strength! (Though whether I chant it over and over while rocking back and forth in fetal position, is none of your business! 😉
This mantra reminds me to stop talking, stop controlling, stop manipulating the situation to work in my favor, and stop excusing my lack of faith under the guise that I am ‘weighing my options’…
It helps me remember that while I can say the right prayer over and over, have the best intentions, and hide behind the most eloquent blog post, that I can still lack a tremendous amount of faith! And that oftentimes the strongest test of faith is one where God asks you to do absolutely nothing!
In the Bible the Israelites were asked to do the same thing in a moment of complete desperation…
“…Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today…. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.“ – Exodus 14:13
God’s only requirement was that they stand still and watch His deliverance unfold!
In Psalm 46:10 again it says, “Be still and know that I am God.” (and in Krista’s Expanded Version – with added emphasis and a healthy dose of God-given attitude – it says, ‘put down the peanut butter, set aside the wine, get your butt off google, and FOR THE LOVE STOP TALKING ABOUT IT and know that He is God!’)
You see, last week we prayed for God to open our eyes…and whether or not we choose to believe it, He heard us. The first time!
He also wanted me to extend the message that He is eternally grateful for all the times we’ve felt the need to
repeat …er, ‘better clarify’ our prayers to Him in our attempt at helping Him get it right, but that going forward, He only needs us to ‘stand still and remain calm.’
So together let’s lean into the uncertainty of the future, take a deep breath, and wait for the Lord to rescue us today.
And not a thing more!
…though if it takes us rocking back and forth in fetal position, I won’t judge! 🙂
17 thoughts on “If You Trust God, Why Are You Still Talking About It?”
I am sighing deep sighs of “I needed this” right now. It’s true- we do panic a bit don’t we? For me it’s the vulnerability of trust that makes my flesh squirm- but God has yet to leave me hanging. Something tells me He will always come through. 🙂
This is right where I am now in my life, and even talked about having peace when God is silent in my own post today! We want to find the answers ourselves all the time! Thanks for the reminder to pray, trust, and then be quiet and still!
Thank you for raw, honest truth. I’ve been asked by God to sit down, remain still, quiet and trust for years now…I’m getting better, but the urge to control is so powerful.
I’ll keep trusting Him.
Thanks for the encouragement.
I’m sending this one to several of my girlfriends… And i want to say, thank you for writing that out. Power packed. And truly worthy of The Lord we love. Wow. Great start to my day! (Hear ting you two ladies!)
What an amazing post. I feel like God has sent me this blog at just the right time. I have been praying “God let me see” for the last week, when I felt like I had nothing else to pray. This is a wonderful follow up to that post. Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing your wisdom!
I am so feeling this today! Thanks for sharing.
Convicted. And in such a necessary way. He uses the most unexpected messengers, doesn’t He? Glad for your obedience this day. 🙂
BEAUTIFUL message as always Krista 🙂 God bless you ❤
What a blessed word Krista, I prayed the “open our eyes” prayer and I’ve truly felt in my spririt to just be still and wait on the Lord no matter what or how I wished things could be!
Thank you for being my answer to prayer this morning. Being still now.
Krista where do I begin? Sometimes the feeling of being overwhelmed makes me forget that our Father is near me all the time. I felt His mighty presence this morning as I read your post. It was uplifting and encouraging. I can pray, but “being still” isn’t my strong suit. I’m ADHD. 🙂 All I know is I trust in God to help and guide me through life and I look forward to the Urban Hallelujah post, because they always teach me what I need to improve within me. Thank you so much.
Just finished listening to a song, ‘I been through enough;’ I needed to read all of this including the Italian saying. I am learning to Rest in Him (Hebrews 4) and not try to invent a new wheel and how I agree with you, He heard me the first 100 times I prayed about my desires. His timing is perfect, I needed to read this today to confirm that I have already done all I can; now all I have to do, is stand, even while twitching in that fetal position sometimes. Thanks for sharing. I do believe, so I leave it alone and trust as I pray asking Him to ‘help thou my unbelief.’
Krista, what a blessing to have an earthly dad who loves you enough to confront you with truth. The power of truth is it changes me. The being still when I want to scream, run, fly away, I am still finding out is a life lesson I MUST learn, and until I really do that (learn to be still), my loving heavenly Father confronts, teaches, repeats His love for me and invites me to dine with Him. Thanks for your openess, you are precious in His sight.
Krista, I only read your post today but I needed to hear it today! I have been out of work for a while and relocated to the city and every time someone asks me about my work I have to say: “No, I’m still looking for a job and still waiting…” and it’s frustrating.. Thank you for sharing your story, I really appreciate it and that God uses your voice. God bless you abundantly and have a great day:) xx
Thanks for reaching out Vanessa! I know how frustrating it can be ‘waiting….’ praying God shows up for you and moves mountains! He always does! 🙂