Faith to Trust

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

When I was in junior high school, my English teacher read us The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs. In the story three wishes are granted to the owner of the monkey’s paw with disastrous consequences. The theme of the story? There is an enormous price paid for interfering with fate.

To this day, multiple decades later, I still remember that story and it still creeps me out.

Be careful what you wish for…it just might come true, was what I got out of the story.

I wonder…how many times have we wished for something only to find if God hadn’t intervened and stopped us the consequences would have been disastrous?

How many times have we taken matters into our own hands, rushed ahead of God, and later wished we hadn’t?

How many times have we twisted what we read in the Bible, bent it to our own plans and liking?

While wishing on the monkey’s paw in the story was an awful thing to do, we don’t need to fear praying in God’s good and perfect will. He is the One who can do immeasurably more than we could ever dream, hope, or desire.

When times seem frightening or spinning out of control we need to remember who to put our trust in. We can trust the God who will not fail. The God who holds us when we travel down unknown paths. The God who will never abandon us.

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The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. Psalm 91:14-15 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Rest In God

Isaiah 40By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Rest. Release from striving. Put your feet up and sit a spell. Take a nap.

My mother used to always say, “There’s no rest for the weary.” While I never fully understood what she was saying at the time, I do know she worked awfully hard. All the time. Guess rest was elusive for her to take hold of.

When I was a pre-schooler, she used a bribe to get me to take my naps, possibly so she could get some rest. She told me if I took my nap, she’d buy me a banana Popsicle when the ice cream man came by. After I heard the jingle of the ice cream truck outside, I’d wait until I heard Mom walk out the door. Only then, would I close my eyes. When I awoke, there was a banana Popsicle waiting for me in the freezer.

This was my mother’s way of getting me to rest. Bribery. And it worked.

While things of the world may offer us rest, our only true rest comes in trusting God. We can give him our cares. Our worries. And know he will handle everything. We need not be concerned.

Who knows? There may even be a banana Popsicle waiting for us when we wake up.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. 

Psalm 62:1 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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