“Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
Faith is vital to seeing God work. Even if our faith is small as a mustard seed. He knows how hard it is. How discouraging life can be. This is why our God compels us to be strong, and let our heart take courage as we wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:14) – because courage is required if we choose to believe in the stillness. It entails risk. But praise God, we know whom we have believed. He has proven Himself constant. His Word has proven true (Psalm 18:30).
The risk can still be scary. But our God is faithful. My heart can take courage because of who He is. And even if it gets hurt again, my God will not waste it. The fullness of life does not come without some measure of pain. But it is better to experience the richness of all He has for us, the depth of emotion He has made us capable of, than to not realize the abundant love and joy and delight and hope our God wants us to know fully.
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:14). This is where our delight must be rooted. And this is where our heart’s deepest desires can be expressed, pouring out our heart to the One in whom our purest joy is found. If our focus is fixed on the Lord, rather than our desires, we will trust Him to weave the details of our life together, guide our steps clearly, and satisfy our longings in the way that will bring the most joy – the way that will bring us to more of Him, rather than turning our attention toward a lesser light.
I won’t understand all His workings and timing. I can’t see all that He can, the various outcomes and unseen opportunities. But I can keep trusting. I can keep delighting in the One who will never fail me. I can keep guarding my heart from rooting its hope in things other than my Lord. My heart is safe with Him; it can take courage in Him and His plans.
There, I can believe fully.
There, I can remain steadfast in hope – because my hope is in Him. In His love, His wisdom, and His grace that sustains.