The memory will always remain with me. She sat there working furiously to finish her assignment due the next day. She completed it but then we couldn’t get it printed. After a little while she quietly said, “I’m going to bed. Dad will fix it.” I smiled, said good-night, and watched our daughter go confidently and peacefully upstairs. “Dad would fix it.” She had no doubt, no question. Sure enough, Dad did fix it and all was well. “Dad will fix it” has become a well-worn phrase in our household used many times in various situations.
What trust. What confidence. What peace. She could sleep because she knew dad would be on the case. I have often wondered, what about me? What about us?
A young girl could trust her dad. Can we trust the Dad of all dads? Our Father. The One who sees us as his masterpiece, his delight. The One who has a plan and a purpose for our lives. The One who is in control. The One who doesn’t make any mistakes. The One who never sleeps. The One who never leaves us. Do we trust him?
What about when the ‘fixing’ seems to be taking time or not happening at all. Do we trust him?
As I journey with our Father, I am learning there are no quick fixes but there is always peace.
When turmoil, confusion, heartbreak, and brokenness rage around us, vying for our attention and wanting to consume our very being, can we trust? Is there peace?
YES we can. YES there is!
What does it look like, this trust, this peace?
The act of leaning into the One who created us and not on our own understanding. The One who knows us intimately. The One who never changes. The One who is always faithful. The One who is enough even when our circumstances don’t change. The One whose resources never run dry. Lean into HIM.
The Message says, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! (Proverbs 3.5-6)
Run to God! His name is a strong tower and we are safe when we run to him. (Proverbs 18.10)
Asaph learned this in Psalm 73. He couldn’t make sense of life. It seemed unfair. Then in v.17, we read that he went into the sanctuary of God and finally understood. It is in that secret place, that place of shelter, that place of leaning on the God of the universe, the One who reigns that we gain perspective. We gain understanding.
Asaph finishes Psalm 73 by saying, “Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. … how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.”
We can trust the name of the Lord and rely on God (Isaiah 50.10). The Father’s good name is full of power, faithfulness, and promises. His character is consistent and will never change.
So will Dad fix it? Yes. His ‘fixing’ might look different to our idea of ‘fixing’. But we can be assured, if we lean into God and not on our own understanding our eyes will be opened to the wonderful things he does.
Be encouraged and blessed with Paul’s words:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. THEN you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4.6-7)