Trust His Heart

This is a song I put on this morning, and it’s been playing pretty much constantly since then!  The words are so good, and I need to hear them desperately sometimes.  It’s so hard to open my hands and let God take whatever He wants.  The peace that comes with that is amazing, but the action is so hard!  I want to hang on, and do things my way, but — He knows best.  And when I can’t see His plan, I need to trust Him anyway.  So this song really helps remind me of that.  I’ve heard it sung by a Back To The Bible quartet (on “Strong In Thy Strength), and I think it was written by Babbie Mason and Eddie Carswell.

All things work for our good
though sometimes we can’t see how they could
Struggles that break our hearts in two
sometimes blind us to the truth.

Our Father knows what’s best for us;
His ways are not our own.
So when your pathway grows dim
and you just can’t see Him,
Remember, you’re never alone

God is too wise to be mistaken.
God is too good to be unkind.
So when you don’t understand,
when you don’t see His plan,
when you can’t trace His hand,
Trust His heart.

He sees the Master Plan.
He holds the future in His hands.
So don’t live as those who have no hope.
All our hope is found in Him.
We see the present clearly,
but He sees the first and the last.
And like a tapestry,
He’s weaving you and me
to someday be just like Him!

God is too wise to be mistaken.
God is too good to be unkind.
So when you don’t understand,
when you don’t see His plan,
when you can’t trace His hand,
Trust His heart. 

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5 thoughts on “Trust His Heart

  1. Hi Lois!

    Got your message tonight – I was currently “indisposed.” 🙂 The other night that you were calling back, Ernie was vacuuming and I was doing dishes with the radio on and we didn’t hear the phone… I was so sorry to miss your call!

    It’s not yet very natural for an old person like me to remember to look up blogs… So I haven’t been here since you sent the original email about it… (same with Gunnons, Sewells, etc). I have to work at it! But I want to stop by way more often! 🙂

    Sounds like you’re a bit homesick again after enjoying the time with Andrew. (btw, I was glad to hear from him – I just answered) Sounds like the “low” after the “high” – like Elijah. A perfect time for Satan to attack… he sure doens’t play fair!

    You know – that song that you quoted today is one of my favorites, though I only remembered the line – “when you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.” I have been thinking a lot lately about the spiritual journeys that each of us is on… in fact, today in a Bible study with 2 teen girls I illustrated it… We are all on our own journey (now don’t get me wrong – there is only one way to heaven, through Jesus Christ!).

    This journey is different for each of us – the path that we take toward obedience and surrender. No one can walk the path for us. Though – if I’m wise, I will listen to older Christians and learn from them and their journeys… however, sometimes I forget that I’m on that journey, much less in need of wisdom… Or I’m too proud to ask for that wisdom – especially from my mom – who is now in heaven.

    At times, God allows our paths to cross with others’ and we are blessed!… as I am because my path has crossed with yours – and for a divine purpose!

    But – back to that spiritual journey. I’m sure you’ve heard of the analogy of the tapestry of our lives. God is the Master Designer – He has a beautiful design already planned and in process. Sometimes He uses bright colors, other times He uses dark colors – but He uses them all so artisticly (sp?), weaving them all together to make this beautiful design.

    However – we usually don’t get to see the design… we see the underside. Often the underside is just a jumble of odd threads – knotted, out of place.

    That’s where your song comes in…

    God is too wise to be mistaken.
    God is too good to be unkind.
    So when you don’t understand,
    when you don’t see His plan,
    when you can’t trace His hand,
    Trust His heart.

    It is truly by faith that we continue on this journey. Faith that God knows what He is doing on the top side of that tapestry!

    As I look at other’s lives (specifically my kids’ lives) I get concerned (the “spiritual” term for “worried”) I can’t see the top side of the tapestry for them either. But someone once told me that God knows exactly what is needed in each believer’s life and what will help that individual grow into that mature believer. That means that I can let go and trust God with others’ lives, too!

    I, too, have walked through that valley of having to let go – learning that the act of letting go is SO difficult! (and the harder I hold on, the more it hurts when God has to pry my fingers off of it) and learning that the result is truly – PEACE.

    I was asked once (by an older lady who became my mentor) if I had peace about a certain life changing decision we had to make about moving, I had no clue! It wasn’t really our decision… if we wanted to continue in missions, this was a necessary move – no opportunity to say I had peace or not because it was no longer a choice… BUT – as I struggled with this – I finally learned that the peace came – not because it was definitely the right decision – but because I quit fighting God… I finally said “Whatever You want, Lord – I am truly willing.” THEN the peace came! miraculously!

    Sometimes I think about Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego – and the courage it took to step into the fire… (okay – I know that they got thrown in – but they didn’t go in kicking) – I wonder how many times I “give up on the brink of a miracle” (there’s a song like that). Do I stop short of seeing God do the miracle – because I don’t want to let go – or go – or whatever it is that He has in His design for me?

    Okay – I’m rambling tonight… tomorrow is the US Thanksgiving Day. However, our daughter Ashley and her husband (and MY grandbaby) will be eating lunch with his family, and then she has to work at Wal-mart (when we would usually have our meal – later in the day). So our other daughter and son will be here tomorrow afternoon – we’re having lasagne (my son really likes it and hates big dinners!). Then on Sunday, after a.m. church, we will be having our turkey dinner, celebrate my birthday (yes – I’m getting older – not sure about wiser!), and joining together to listen to the CD of my mom’s funeral. Ernie and the family was on their way across country to be with me for the funeral when their car broke down (see – we do cars, not buses – and it still doesn’t turn out the way we’d like!). So they didn’t get a chance to be at the funeral, – so we’ll listen to the CD. My prayer is that it will cause my kids to see the legacy of Christ that is theirs to carry, and to pass on.

    So – I’d love a call from you – but it would be best early afternoon, or Friday afternoon, or Saturday a.m. OR – I can call you – but I just need to know what a good time is – or maybe I’ll just try – hit or miss…until our schedules meet!

    Be assured of my love and my prayers for you in your journey! Wish I could walk some of it for you – but alas – I must walk my own, and you, yours…

    A book that helped me (as if you have gobs of time in college to read non-academically!) is Pilgrim’s Progress. I found a copy that is more updated in language, easier to read :-).

    Love and prayers,
    me

  2. Mrs. G…or Roxie…I’m not sure which I prefer…they both come very easily! You are an angel! I’ll try you Sat. morning, since Friday afternoon is going to be spent in the company of a Theology exam. Love you!

  3. Haha!! Mrs. G, you’re hilarious! I got time this afternoon to fully read your “note” through — like actually read it and think about it. So Ashley and her husband and YOUR grandbaby are coming over? Not HER daughter? It’s YOUR grandbaby?! Funny!!

    Happy Birthday, for Sunday!!! And yes, I’m pretty sure you ARE getting wiser! I wish I’d have brought paper and taken notes during our discussions at the MDP MK teen nights.

    Talk to you later!

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