Trust God. It’s simple. It’s even straightforward, and it makes natural sense according to the life that a believer is called to live. Through growing up in the faith, and living and growing within the Christian circle, the concept may be familiar. By virtue of being believers and followers of Christ, we are called to trust God in every aspect of our lives. That means trusting him with everything big, small, past, present, and future.
It can be hard to trust God in the right now. Where we are in the now can often seem to be the default. When we judge things based on our feelings, which is often what we do, it can feel unfulfilling, draining, or even just plain hard.
For me, I know I tend to focus, worry, and overwhelm myself with thoughts of the future – and I even struggle with idealizing it. I’m a dreamer, I’ll admit it. Being a dreamer is wonderful at times. Life is full of color, hope, ideals, imagination, desires, wishes, and way too many feelings. Some things in life should just happen eventually, right? Like getting married in a perfect Pinterest board wedding, having a couple cute kids with a stylish mom car and mommy blog, and scoring a job that I’m passionate about while simultaneously creating a multimillion-dollar entrepreneurship. Is that really too much to ask for?
If I’m being totally honest, being a dreamer while still knowing I should and wanting to trust God for your future can be extremely difficult. Sometimes I wish that my life was a dramatic novel that I wrote as I went along because trust me when I say that I have definitely pictured my life in a Nicolas Sparks inspired love story (minus the tragedy).
“I have found that for most of my Christian life, my head has trusted the Lord, but my heart has struggled with doing the same.”
A familiar passage has recently become a revisited and newfound help in my dream engulfed life. Chapter three of Proverbs talks about trusting God with your whole heart, and I have found that for most of my Christian life, my head has trusted the Lord, but my heart has struggled with doing the same.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8
My own head tells me that trusting God is a simple task, but in reality, it is often more challenging to trust God within the hidden areas of your heart. For me, it is a daily choice that I am continuing to grow in. I have learned a few lessons through this part of my story, and most of them involve learning to pray hard prayers.
God, help my dreams and desires align with the future you have created for me.
God, let my heart not seek after worldly ambitions, but lead me into your chosen and ordained will for my life.
God, don’t let my own expectations for my future be selfish.
That last one really hits home for me, and I don’t have all the answers. Although, I do know that the God who created the seas and the millions of mysteries within also created a future that he well intended for my purpose. As long as I live my life, and even dream, in a way that still glorifies him and reflects his love, then I have to know that he is in control and I have to trust him – even if I dream a lot.
Remember that God gave you a dreaming heart, but it can be easy to confuse that with the desires of the flesh. This is where you have to completely give it to the Lord. Don’t let your dreams be close-fisted. Open your hands to the Lord. Give him all your dreams and hopes and let him hold on to them.
“From the head to the heart
You take me on a journey
Of letting go
And getting lost in you
There’s no shame
In looking like a fool
When I give you what I can’t keep
To take a hold of you”
Head to the Heart, United Pursuit
Most of the time our dreams may seem like it’s the best option for us, but our little minds can’t even comprehend the amazing things the Lord has in our future, and that is my comfort and peace even in my dreaming heart.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Mariana Novakovic is a junior public relations major from Sorrento, Florida. On campus, she serves as the Junior Class Secretary, Managing Editor for Valkyrie Magazine, and on the leadership team for Berry’s chapter of Delight Ministries. She loves baking and runs an entrepreneurial venture with some friends called Plants n’ Pastries on the side. When she’s not trying out a new Martha Stewart recipe, she’s reading inspiring quotes on Pinterest or rewatching The Sound of Music.