I Trust You

April 3, 2018
by Ashley Swartzentruber

Matthew 10:29,31 – Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (ESV)

Last year, I suffered from a concussion. As a young mom with a busy life, I did not give my brain the time that it needed to heal. In turn, this caused the concussion symptoms to drag on much longer than needed.

I wasn't able to care for my young son; I couldn't have a conversation with my husband; I felt useless around the house; I couldn't go to church; I wasn't able read my Bible; even praying was difficult. Although God surrounded me with so many wonderful people who helped immensely during this time, I still felt cut off from the world and very much alone.

Feeling isolated from everything, including God, I started crying out to the Lord, "Please, I just want someone to talk to." It was then that God replied, "I am here, My child. I always have been. You can talk to Me." I have never heard God so clearly as I did in that moment. I admit that I felt a little ashamed for not having taken the time to be with God earlier.

I will never forget that day. It was a beautiful spring day, and I was sitting on a rock at the back of our property. All of a sudden, I could feel God all around me. He was in the warmth of the sunshine on my face; He was in the gentle breeze swaying the branches in the trees; and He spoke to me through the singing of the birds. I heard those birds, and instantly, this verse came to me:

Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (ESV)

"Trust Me," God was saying that day. "Give up all your fears, tears, and anxieties, and just trust Me."

It still took another three months before I could read my Bible or have a somewhat normal conversation with someone, but every time when I broke down crying, or felt like I couldn't handle it any more, I would just stop myself and say aloud, "I trust You!"

Life has many battles, and some are larger than others. But as Solomon said:

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (ESV)

We cannot do it without Him, so let us give it all up to the Lord our God and say, "I trust You!"

Prayer: Dear Lord, please forgive us when we try to do it all on our own. Help us, Lord, to turn to You for guidance, wisdom, and strength. Help us to start each day by remembering to trust in You and to live a life that puts You at the centre. Amen.

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Ashley Swartzentruber <aswartzentruber85@gmail.com>
Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A good word, Ashley.


    Super devotion. Please write again.


    Thanks for sharing your story about trusting the Lord. He is so faithful to us even when we sometimes turn our backs on Him. God is good all the time!


    Thank you for sharing your story through today’s devotional. What a strong reminder you have given to us.
    (Texas)


    Lovely message Ashley.
    So glad you are recovering well.
    God is always so good.


    Thank you for this lovely devotional Ashley, which I’m sure resonates with many of us who have needed something of a wake-up call to realize God is with us always.
    I trust you are fully recovered.


    Thank you, Ashley, for sharing this difficult time in your life with us. Even more, thank you for sharing how God overcame your troubles as you trusted in Him. You give hope to others who might be despairing. Again, thank you. Blessings.


    Thank you for this wonderful devotion this morning! Just what I needed to hear and to be reminded of! May God continue to bless you each and every day! Again, thanks so much for sharing these wise words with us.
    (Ont.)


    Dear Ashley,
    I pray for you and with you.
    Thank you for a precious devotional.
    Keep writing. May God continue to heal, give you victory, and bless you and your family.


    Good Morning Ashley,
    I’ve just read your story in PresbyCan and thank you for your inspiring story. I’ve a daughter who has had a few health problems, so am forwarding your story to her. She has a growing family and is a good Christian.


    Hello Ashley
    Happy to hear you are better! This was beautiful, and you are right, when you hear the voice of God and then you notice things that confirm you are with Him, like the breeze, the sun and the birds. Loved this devotional.
    God bless.


    Dear Ashley
    Praise the Lord for His wonderful guidance! It took me a LOT of years to be at peace and fully trusting in the Lord our God. I am so very happy that you have realized this precious gift.
    May He always be your guide and that awesome shoulder to lean on all through your life.
    From one sister in Christ to another.


    Hello Ashley — I just read your devotional and your story amazed me! I can’t imagine how difficult your life was while going through this!!! What a rough time you had – it made me think that my troubles over the years have been pretty trivial compared to what you had to cope with. My faith has helped me through some rough times too and I don’t know how I would have survived without God’s help. I pray that you are doing well now and enjoying life – Blessings.


    Dear Ashley,
    Thank you for sharing your experience – the heartfelt need, and the “still, small voice” as our loving Father revealed Himself to you in a new and deeper way. How good He is, our faithful Friend in our times of trouble. God’s blessings on you and your family!
    Blessings!
    (BC)


    Greetings Ashley,
    What a deep meaning devotional you have written for this morning. Proof the Lord is always with us and ready to answer our call. So good that you are recovered from the concussion and can enjoy your life again. The Lord is good!
    Blessings upon you.
    (B.C.)


    Hello Ashley,
    Well written.
    The most foundational of theology – Trusting God. But a practical example of the struggle to do so.
    Keep encouraging us through your writing. You have a gift for clear communication.
    My prayer for you today is to recover well.
    Blessings.


    Ashley,
    Thank you for this beautiful testimony and devotional! A perfect word to start off the day ‘TRUST’ Him. A message God intended me to hear this morning – as two of my morning devotionals today are about trusting Him.
    Message received!
    May God continue to use you as He finishes the good work He began in you.
    Blessings.


    Thank you for your message. The Proverbs 3:5 reference was particularly meaningful to me as it was the theme of my Cursillo weekend in 1988 and has been a strength to me ever since.
    May God richly bless you in all that you do.

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