What do you do when you don’t know what to do? From going through a desperate family situation or just trying to figure out the cheapest thing to drink at Starbucks, this is an internal question that everyone faces.
Life has a way of being difficult. It seems as if it was designed to press us and push us into the uncomfortable. We can probably think of a million things in this moments. If I can be honest, the first image that popped into my mind was that of an eagle and a birds nest.
Picture with me: a majestic mother eagle swooping down into its home bringing food for its babies. The scene replays over and and over but you notice something: the babies aren’t so small anymore. At that moment, the mother eagle does the unthinkable: she pushes her precious children out of the nest to their death…or does she?
The mother eagle realizes something far above the knowledge of her children. If she were to let them sit in that nest in comfort forever, they would never know how to fly. So what do you when you don’t know what to do? How do you react to the uncomfortable when it seems life is pushing you out of its seasonal “nest” of comfort? You trust God that in reality He is actually doing the pushing and you rely on His grace to keep ahold of you every step of the way.
Psalm 34:1-4 (TLB) puts it this way:
“I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace. 2 I will boast of all his kindness to me. Let all who are discouraged take heart. 3 Let us praise the Lord together and exalt his name. 4 For I cried to him and he answered me! He freed me from all my fears.”
Where can we find such a confidence?
One of my favorite New Testament examples is found in the very familiar story of Lazarus, one of Jesus’ best of friends. Word was sent to Him that Lazarus had died and instead of immediately going, He waited four days. When Jesus got there, He was met with distant from one of his sisters Martha: “…Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21; MEV). Have you ever been there? “God if you had just”….”if you just did”….”why did you let this happen?” This isn’t said to discredit the fact that we are allowed to feel pain emotionally but may we can’t let that hurt dictate our judgement. 2 Peter 3:9 says: “The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness…” so we have to trust and believe He is able and in sovereign control of everything we face in life.
Our confidence in God comes from looking past the situation at hand and remembering what we know: that God is always there and always faithful. Hebrews 4:15 (ESV) tells us: “we do not have a high priest who is unable sympathize with our weaknesses…” This is something Martha realizes when proclaims who Jesus is over her present situation: “She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (John 11:27; MEV)
When it comes down to it, sometimes that’s all we have to hold on to. In the midst of my own personal struggles, family problems, sometimes all I have is that hope that God is still God and that’s ok. Is it tough sometimes? Yes. Do I get angry? For sure. Do I sometimes feel the urge to just stop everything, curl into a ball, and cry? Sometimes. But one thing is for sure that I’d rather have hope that than nothing. I know from looking back over my life Jesus has never failed me and He never will so why stop believing now? He keeps me going.
So what do you do when you don’t know what to do? Put your trust in the careful hands of the one Who does:
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God,for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”- Psalm 43:5 (NIV)