Almost two years ago the clouds of a great storm began to build in our bright sky. Little did we know, as we stood in that before the storm bright light, that for over a year to come we would be pelted with rains and winds too strong for us to bear alone, little did we know in that serene time that the thunder would crash through our peace and shake our faith.
Nearly two years ago we met some children, who we felt God wanted us to take in to be apart of our family. So we brought them into our home, we planned to adopt them from the very beginning. They were a sibling group of three. I won’t go into specifics, but it has been a hard ride. Through this God has been teaching us so much, there were many ups and downs, many twists and turns. God has taught us to love more, He has taught us patience, and much more, but there is one lesson that can be found ruling throughout this whole storm.
That is the lesson of trust.
To trust God and lean on him, even though we can’t see what lies before us.
Many a struggle has come of these months, God has brought us through a long and difficult road. It seems that right when we’ve got everything figured out and the weather is beginning to calm lightning strikes again.
And now I believe, this storm is approaching it’s climax. We cannot see what is ahead, our eyes are blind to the future-but our God’s eyes are ever watching. He holds tomorrow in His hand, and HE is working everything out for good-even if we don’t understand it. I can and will always say, my God is good always and forever, whatever may happen.
So anyway, during this time God just really brought to my attention some pretty well known Bible stories. Sometimes when a story is so well known, like David and Goliath, we find that we kinda overlook the just...wowness (yes I am aware this is not a word ;) ) of it. So right now I’m going to have you revisit some of the stories of trusting God that I have found very inspiring:
A Boy vs a Giant
1 Samuel 17:4,10-11
“And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.”
Israel has had a problem with repeating their past, they couldn't seem to just TRUST GOD. All through their lives you can see that nearly every time something bad happened they would fall apart and be dismayed-even though they should have remembered that God had delivered them every time before, if only they would trust Him. As Christians we do not want to be like the Israelites in this aspect. It took a mere boy, to remind these grown men, these soldiers (and the king!) that God will not fail those who trust in Him.
1 Samuel 17:37,45-47
“David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.
 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's , and he will give you into our hands.”
David remembered something we all forget too often, that the battle is the Lord’s.
Remember Daniel and the Lions’ den? -I’m sure you do, so I won't go into detail (because I don’t want this to be an extremely loooong post - we all know those can get kinda discouraging to read).
“My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.”
Note the last part of verse 23, instead of despairing at his sure doom Daniel put his trust in God-and because he did this, God delivered him from the lions.
The last (but definitely not least!) person (or rather I should say, “people”) I will mention are Daniel’s three friends. That’s right, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
“Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well : but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?”
-and they said:-
“ If it be so , our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
These three trusted in God, and He was with them even in the fire. And so He will always be, if we only trust in Him.
So when the clouds begin to build and the light begins to fade;
when the thunder cracks and the courageous are afraid;
Do not be as the Israelites and forget our God can save;
But be as little David-knowing the battle is the Lord’s;
When your world around is dark, and it seems your way is barred;
When your heart is stripped of hope and each step is very hard;
Just go to your knees and trust God to be your faithful guard;
Just as Daniel believed in his God within the lion's den dark.
When the world rises up and fills your path with mire;
When all seems lost and you begin to tire;
Just stand firm and trust Him in the midst of the roaring fire;
And know that Jesus is with you to the end of the world.
A daughter of the KING, an ambassador of Truth, a soldier of the Cross.