It’s Alicia, and I’m glad to be back with you for Week 5. Over the last four weeks, we’ve taken several steps together toward healing. That’s worth celebrating! It’s also true that this kind of hard and holy work in our hearts can leave us feeling exposed and vulnerable. It messes with my emotions, and that’s when fear and anxiety rear their ugly heads. Does that happen to you?
When these feelings start to wash over me, I go to God in prayer, though I’m not sure I always recognize when or how He responds. Sometimes I’m not even sure how to express what’s on my heart. I find myself like the disciple in Luke 11:1 (NIV) who simply said:
“Lord, teach us to pray.”
And He did just that! In His model prayer, one of Jesus’ requests was for daily bread, those needs we have each day. As we follow His perfect example and ask God to meet our needs, we can trust that He answers. Even when our hearts are tender, and even when we might not know how it all works.
Paul assures us in our Verse of the Week that one day we will understand:
“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely” (1 Corinthians 13:12, NLT).
Friends, we are fully known and fully loved by God. He replaces those fears and anxieties I mentioned earlier with exactly what we need to feel safe and secure. Every need is met. And for those times we wonder if God even hears our prayers, we can know that what we see isn’t all that’s there.
On pages 163 and 164 of Forgiving What You Can’t Forget, Lysa reminds us God is at work:
“We only see what the human mind can imagine. God is building something we cannot even fathom. It’s not what we wanted, but it is so very good.”
Someday we’ll see. One day we’ll know.
For some great encouragement, Lysa shares with Kendra in this week's video ways she motivates herself to stay in God’s Word and how she looks for the beautiful.
Here are instructions to access closed captioning AND the video transcripts if you need them.
And in case you need it, here’s our Study at a Glance to keep you on track.
STUDY AT A GLANCE
Trusting God with you,
Heart to Heart:
What do you know you can trust God for today?