Trial Road in Disappointment Town

This beautiful photo, taken in Washington D.C., was done by artist sparksoffire.

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7 ESV).

We all need God all the time.

When my husband and I first began to travel the road of trial and disappointment—as frequent voyagers and not just passersby—we did so quietly.

Yes, we had experienced a lot of difficulties both before and during our 30-month adoption wait. But we didn’t believe they were to be compared to some of our brothers and sisters in Christ who were suffering so much more.

Dear friends of ours had recently lost their mother. How could we talk to them about waiting on God for finances? Both of our grandfathers were dying. How could we talk to our family members about our desire for expedient adoption paperwork? When, at one point, we spent several long days and nights in the hospital waiting for a difficult diagnosis of our own, we essentially kept it private. Surely there were others facing worse situations.

In one day, Job from the Bible lost ten children. Our details paled in comparison. What right did we have to tell others what we were experiencing?

But then we were reminded, rather poignantly, that there are no levels of needing God—no rungs in the ladder of faith or trust. We have Him or we don’t. We need Him or we don’t.

We may be trusting God for the adoption of a child while our neighbor trusts God for her car payment, yet both of us can mutually encourage each other to wait on God in the most fitting way. Our trials are tailor-made for us.

God has invited us all to cast our cares on Him.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13 ESV).

Comments

  1. I love being reminded of this, and right now especially.Another verse that comes to mind with this is the one that says those who “compare themselves by themselves” are not wise. Comparing problems and deciding our own is less (or more) than another’s is clearly not wise, and eventually leads to our proud refusal to cast our cares on Him. Thanks for sharing this tonight!

  2. Christi Lyons says:

    My favorite verse, Jeremiah 29:11-13. <3

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