Kylee Hatch, Director of Preschool Ministries
After re-reading these verses–that I admittedly was not familiar with–I was pulled back to the same verses, “They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to Him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted Him.” That’s it. God answered their prayers because they trusted Him. Seems like an easy concept, right? It is easy to say that we trust God, but we know that it is not always easy to do. It is especially hard when we are facing hardship; waging war with ourselves or other people and seeing loved ones wage war with their health. I have been tested many times to trust God, as many of us have–to let go of what I feel like I am in control of and to remember that God is in control.
My grandmother passed away recently, and it made me realized just how much I have learned to trust God. Her mind and her health had been declining pretty rapidly over the past year, and of course I prayed for her. I prayed for her to just stay healthy many times. My grandma would visit me at church, and she would tell me her love for God, and that nothing else matter but her relationship with Jesus. Her faith was something I learned more and more about as her awareness of how sick she was getting increased.
My prayers changed the day she called me her daughter. I didn’t want her to forget who Jesus was, and her relationship with him. I didn’t want her to be scared about dying, as she had mentioned before. God knew His plan for her. I put all my trust in God. I trusted that He was in her heart and that He wouldn’t let her forget that.
The night before she passed, she told my parents she was going home. She was calm and peaceful. This told me that God answered my prayers. He never left her. Though I cried, it was the first time in my life that I cried happy tears about someone passing. I know she is with Him, and that comforts me and fills my heart.
Sometimes it is hard to remember that we need to trust God, especially when our worlds become shaken, but in reality He is the one we should turn to first. He is in control. Cry out to Him in faith and He will deliver. As we teach our preschooler’s: God’s got it. He can help us do big things; like trusting something we can’t see right in front of us.
Heavenly Father, remind us that you are in control. Please protect our hearts when our world’s become dark and help us to cry out to you and put all our trust in you, no matter the circumstance, no matter how big it may seem. Thank you for loving us the way you do. Amen.