Lessons in Trust

One thing that God has really been teaching me lately is what true trust in Him looks like. I’m sure that if you had asked me sometime throughout the past few years if I was trusting God in my daily life, I would have said something along the lines of, “Well, I’m not doing it perfectly, but I try every day.” That sentence definitely still rings true for me, but I think I understand a lot more what trust looks like now. I definitely believe that God knows exactly what we need and puts us in situations to learn and grow and become the person that he wants to shape us into. For me, that was learning not to rely on myself, but fully in Him.

Trust

I have definitely always been a person that tried to plan out as much as I possibly could. In a way, it was comforting for me to always know what I thought my next step was going to be, but I’m learning that God calls us to a radical faith in him. He wants us to step out and do whatever he is calling us to, even if that isn’t a part of our plan. I have definitely not always been the greatest at doing this. In general, I think I have pretty good plans and I want to follow them as much as possible. It’s easy to get caught up in this and think that I know exactly where my life is headed and exactly what I need to do to get there, but it’s so important to remember that God’s plans are always so much greater.

To be specific, God has not been shy about the way he is working in my life lately. To be honest, a couple of months ago, I had completely given up on dating anyone, and I was okay with it. Then God boldly and evidently stepped in and put a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time back into my life, and God made the plans that he has for us right now pretty evident. We don’t know what God’s plan holds in the future, but I do know that it is good. My boyfriend Jesse has done so much to encourage me in my relationship with Christ before my relationship with him, which is a huge blessing in itself. God has just worked in so many ways and has been so evident throughout everything with Jesse. God has made it clear to us that if we trust his plan and boldly step out in faith to do what He asks of us, He will work things out for our benefit and His glory. What could be better?

I have also been thinking a lot about what I am going to do after college. I had always thought that God was calling me to be a music teacher, but as I have been praying and pursuing His will and learning how to step out in faith, I have realized that I think I’ve always been listening to my own plans. I am still praying about what His plans are, but whatever they might be, I know that they will be so, so good!

I have gotten the privilege recently to talk to several people who boldly, faithfully, and fearlessly trust in God. It is so awesome to see people who truly believe in and rely on the promises that God has shown them in the Bible or in other ways in their lives. I am so blessed to get to witness the incredible things that God does for these people who endeavor to trust Him so fully! It is such an awesome and inspiring thing, and it makes me want to learn to be even more trusting in God! His blessings are abundant!

What is God doing in your life right now? Leave a comment, send me an email, or tweet @hopekathryn17!

Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.

-Psalm 9:10

Published by Kathryn Krieger

I'm a Hope junior from Princeton, Illinois, majoring in Ethics, Culture, and Social Witness with a music minor. I am a follower of Christ and I am involved in Chapel Worship Team at Hope. Previously, I have been involved in Chapel Choir, Black River WyldLife, Res Life, Dance Marathon, a small women's Bible study, College Chorus, Women's Chamber Choir, and Collegium Musicum. I also currently help lead music at Pillar Church! I also love pork chop sandwiches, music of all kinds, The Office, and my wonderful friends and family! Contact me at kathryn.krieger@hope.edu, @kathrynekrieger on Instagram, or @hopekathryn17 on Twitter!

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