Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NIV
As I have walked with the Lord over the years, there are three distinct times that have stood out in my life where I felt the Lord was shouting to me, “DO YOU TRUST ME?” as my faith, trust and emotions were getting the best of me and He needed to get my attention.
My children were little and we were in the process of applying to a private Christian school that was impacted, and had a very long waiting list. Just because my son was accepted, there was no guarantee that my daughter would be. We filled out her application and we prayed and prayed. As we waited and my anxiety levels went up, I thought maybe I should write a letter to the acceptance board, maybe I should speak with the principal, maybe I should do this or that to help my daughter in the door. Each time I started to write or call, I could hear the Lord, “DO YOU TRUST ME? DO YOU TRUST ME?” I would put the pen or the phone down and remind myself, “Yes Lord, I DO TRUST YOU!” The day the acceptance letters were to arrive in the mail, we did not receive anything. The next day nothing. Finally, I could not take it and went to the school office, they all smiled and told me, “…well, of course Sara got in!” I stood there crying and praising the Lord for His faithfulness.
It was a few years later, and what I call the Perfect Storm took place in my life. I was going through “the change”, my baby girl was graduating from high school and off to college in Florida, (my son, Sam, was already in Texas and might I add, I was not happy about that at all). They were supposed to stay close to home. Then my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. If just one of these events were happening it would be hard, but all of them … at the same time!
I was more than a hot mess! I would spend hours crying out to the Lord, “I can’t do this. This is way too much. What are You thinking?” So, I would do my Spiritual Exercises as I called them, I would sit or imagine the Bible in front of me. Going book by book starting in Genesis, reminding myself of His faithfulness to each person and through each circumstance that was written in His Word. The love, strength and faithfulness He gave each person in the Bible, I have the same access to Him and His throne room.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NIV
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-3 NIV
Fast forward to our present day Covid-19 situation! In the beginning stages, everything was new and there were so many questions: quarantine or not, mask or not? When is the vaccine getting here? Not soon enough. So much information coming in and you just did not know exactly who or what to believe.
Then sending off my Rock Star Emergency Room RN, Sara, into the Covid frontline. And of course, there go my emotions again, crying out to the Lord! “Lord what’s going on? How can this all be? Who is telling us the truth? Lord I need the truth!”
In His ever so loving way, He once again met me right where I am.
I am the way and the TRUTH and the life. John 14:6 NIV
The Lord continued to reassure me through His Word. Keep your eyes on Me. It’s not going to be easy.
I will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
As I live through this part of the story, I am in awe over how He has met me at every turn. The dear, sweet Sisters that He has brought into my life to encourage me, pray for me and help me through this season has been amazing! Seeking Him. Drawing closer to Him. Putting my TRUST and FAITH in Him! For it is Him and Him alone that gets me through every moment of every day!
Sharon Lopez-Hidalgo has been married to Art, her high school sweetheart for 34 years. They have two adult children and a daughter-in-love and are expecting the arrival of their first grandchild in April. Sharon and her family have been blessed with the opportunity to visit amazing places and participate in various ministries, including missions trips to Panama and Nicaragua, Women’s Ministry, Widows Ministry and Armor of Light (Reaching out to the Marines, wives and their families at Camp Pendleton and Quantico.) Her passion is to be used by the Lord to share His love and His Word.
We thank you, Sharon, for sharing your heart and your Testimony of GOD’s love and grace in your life. Your contribution to Testimony Thursday this month is well appreciated!
You are loved to Heaven and Back, Sharon ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary