This is the second post in the series What’s the Point? To see the first post click here.
My next question in What’s the Point is, why trust God?
In so many situations God has taught me that He is faithful. I have two stories to tell.
My first story starts with one of my favorite ministries Operation Christmas Child. I had loved packing shoe boxes of gifts for children in need each Christmas. My Servant Leaders Class (kind of like Student Body Government with Christian principles) wanted a project for my homeschool co-op to do for Christmas. I suggested that we pack boxes with OCC and was very excited. My goal was 50 boxes. I believed that this goal would be not easy, but not overly difficult. I prayed that God would inspire people to pack boxes.
When the project was underway, I put advertising together and told a lot of people. I anticipated that the response would be big enough to meet our goal. Three or four weeks went by and only 10 or so boxes came in. I was heart-broken. Did these people not realize how important this ministry was? I prayed and asked God to work a miracle and meet the goal. We had one more week.
On the last day, I waited by the collection table and expected God to work. I trusted that He would be faithful and meet our goal. That day, we collected over 50 boxes to make the grand total 65 boxes!
In about a month, less than 15 boxes had come in, yet in one day, over 50 boxes were collected. I could see God working in this situation. He taught me to trust and wait for His timing.
My next story starts with another ministry I love, Bible Quizzing. Each year we memorize verses from the New Testament and quiz at competitions with kids from around the Pacific Northwest. This year, I had been chosen to compete in a regional competition. The trip was super fun, but the competition was super fast. It was very hard to answer even a few questions correctly. I had a goal of answering just one question correctly (over two days of quizzing). Every quiz, I asked God to help me answer just one question right.
I never got one question right until the very last question of my very last quiz. I was so excited to have one question right, on the very last quiz question ever! God showed me He was faithful and gave me the perfect opportunity to praise Him.
God’s timing is perfect. No matter how hard something is, no matter how bad the situation, He will work things out for good. He does this because of His great, great love for us.
Now, my examples are quite big and long, but even little situations can show God’s faithfulness. I trust God because He has shown me time and again that He knows best.
The Lord is faithful in all His works, and kind in all His works. Psalm 145:13