When we are troubled, it can be difficult to place our trust in God or Jesus. But giving over our problems to the Lord and letting them lie in His arms leads us into a place of trust. In Romans 15:13, Paul exhorts that, “May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”.
Many of the Psalms strongly advice to trust in the Lord. As I stayed with my dying husband at his hospital bed, a phrase from Psalm 23 kept me strong. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me”. I counted on God’s presence to hold both Mark and me firmly in His hands. And we were.
A holiness and peace descended on our hospital room; it was palpable. Shortly before Mark died he told me “I am ready to meet my Maker”. He was prepared. I trusted that the Lord would take care of Mark. Although I knew I would soon be alone, I also realized that I would be surrounded with God’s all-encompassing love. I was held tightly and strongly until Mark’s passing. My ensuing illness after Mark’s death was difficult, but God’s enduring healing made me well.
“Trust in God; trust also in me.” A powerful message as Jesus was facing His own death.