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Thursday, January 18th
By: Chrissy Cooney

Once upon a time, when 22-year-old me was about to marry a 25 year-old sailor, one of my older brothers expressed a word of caution to my mom.  He said, “does she know that the U.S. Navy is not going to do things her way?” He knew then what I quickly learned, that while Bob was on active duty, the Navy had complete control over several aspects of our lives; and that sometimes I would really dislike the details.  

The Navy sent us where it wanted us to go, told us how long to stay there, and gave us rules to live by. But it didn’t know us, hear us, or love us. I’m so very thankful that the One who has ultimate control over my life does. I’m so glad that His plans for us are better than our own.
More recently, I found myself in a season that seemed to bring change and transition in every direction.  During this season I began to say four little words to God, usually out loud, and often several times a day: “I trust you, God.”

I trust that you are who you say you are: faithful, trustworthy, good.
I trust that you can do what you say you can do: save, redeem, renew. 
I trust that you hear me when I pray and know me better than I know myself. 
I trust that your Word is true – even when it says that you love me and have good things planned for me. 
I trust that you are Sovereign: You alone are God, All-Powerful, having authority over all things. 
I trust that your way is better than mine.  

Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” He is the Creator of universes, the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent One. Why do we so often expect Him to do things our way? Nothing is beyond His knowledge, His understanding, His reach, or His power.  We might find ourselves in places or seasons that we don’t understand, and we might have to walk through things that feel like they are crushing us. Even in these seasons – especially in these seasons – we can trust the One who reigns supreme and know that His thoughts, His plans, and His ways are better than ours. He alone is God!

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