Confidence in Christ

imageAbsolute confidence?  Absolute, complete, total, utter, without waining confidence.  Have you ever had it?  You know, that sense you may have had as a kid when you knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you stuck the landing…aced the test…or crossed the finish line?  That moment in time when you know you need not worry because all is well.  That is absolute confidence.

We have confidence in lots of things in life.  Have you ever truly had absolute confidence in God?  I’m talking about that, don’t think twice or worry your pretty head because God has this, confidence.  For some reason, I’m not sure I’ve ever truly had that kind of peace in my life.  I’m a worrier by nature.  A second guesser.  An, “are you sure?” type person.  However I can truly say at this moment in my life, at a time when most people would be consumed by worry, I’m peaceful.  I have witnessed God reveal a plan for this season in my life.  He has taken care of even the smallest detail.  He has been bold, bright, and brilliant.  He has been on time, on course, and at my side.

It’s so unreal to me that in one short week, God has allowed me to find forgiveness, remove bitterness, shower compassion, and discover peace.  I’m talking peace deep within my spirit.  Peace that releases tears of joy, and leads to calm, quiet contentment.  In one week of dealing with my Dad’s illness and hospitalization, followed by movement to a rehab home, I’m completely at peace!

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”  God has truly shown off!  He has provided beds where they would, under normal circumstances, be full.  He has taken an angry, bitter, resentful man and made him joyful and calm.  He has provided answers to questions we never knew we would need, and put people in our paths that could only have been sent directly from God.  This past week could not be made up of luck, coincidence, or good juju.  It could only be created and executed by an all mighty God, greater than anything or anyone on earth.

Y’all, I wish there was some way to describe the absolute confidence I have in God right now.  He has shown me that if it is His will, then no hurdle will stand in our way. I find myself asking friends to pray that a permanent bed will open for Dad at his current facility.  Then, I immediately say, “if it’s God’s will, it will be.”  How do I know that?  Because this week God has moved mighty mountains, and changed even the hardest heart.  He is mighty, powerful, graceful, merciful, living, and absolutely amazing.  This week God has shown me to trust him completely, and that whole worry wart gig I’ve been working for the past forty years?  It’s time to let that gig go.  God takes care of the worrying for me.  He will for you too!

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