Everything Isn’t Always As It Seems
Saleama A. Ruvalcaba
My first year as a Christian it took awhile for me to fully understand how to trust God for all of my needs. I would sit in my bed and pray – and pray – and pray. Then I would turn off the lights and worry about how to solve the problems I had just prayed to God about. I was seeking the power of God, yet trying to solve the problems I had in my own strength. Needless to say, the prayers I brought to God were not answered.
Luke 12:22-23 “Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about your body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing”.
Trusting God to meet our needs, is a work of progress. It takes time. Satan, in all his own power, will come against you in every way. No matter how hard you study your Bible, pray and live in faith – Satan never sleeps. Your life is valuable to God, therefore, your trust in Him must never waver.
So many testimonies out there are often about money and how God supplied a monetary need. That’s always a great thing. But we run the risk of making God seem like a genie in a bottle when we only share material testimonies. God provides in so many ways. For example, when my adult son was entering high-school, I was oblivious to the application process. We applied to only two very highly competitive schools in our area. My son’s grades were fine, but not good enough to only apply to these particular schools. If I am being honest, we just sort of lived in “la la land” and thought somehow he’d get accepted. Well, he did not – and he was heartbroken. Not only that – it was toward the end of his 8th grade school year and we had no options for him. We had no idea where he’d end up for high-school.
I recall sitting in my bathroom early one morning crying to God. My son was humiliated that he did not get accepted into either school – nor had an idea as to where he’d end up. As parents, we felt horrible for not fully allowing ourselves to understand the application process for high-school. Yet I sat there that morning praying and seeking God’s guidance.
Luke 12:24 “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?”
Why do we feel God is mad at us when we make mistakes? The Israelite people made many mistakes, yet God was always ready to forgive them. (Read the book of Jeremiah). When it comes to petty mistakes in our lives – we assume God is done with us.
I prayed for my son and his high school situation and the Lord answered. At the advice of his school principal we applied to a school we had never heard of, but his principal felt it would be a great fit. They were still taking applications. We applied and sure enough – he was accepted. It was still a college preparatory high school and still a highly competitive school, just on a smaller scale.
That wasn’t the end of this story, however. Two major events came from our time at that school. First, my husband had a dream of becoming a high school football coach. My son played football. On the day they met the head football coach my husband decided to ask him if they were in need of an assistant. They did. They just happened to have one open position for an assistant of the junior varsity team. My husband’s dream became a reality at that school and he’s been a high school football coach ever since.
The second thing that happened for my son was, he started playing football and he had a great senior year! He was in the paper or on high school sports highlights on our local NBC station all the time. That was such a fun time for my son. Not only that, he developed life-long friends at that school who he still communicates with to this day. These two situations weren’t merely about our self-serving needs. They were situations that gave glory to God. My husband also became a very popular spiritual mentor to students and my son learned to pray and trust the Holy Spirit during his football playing days.
Luke 12:26 “If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?”
Speaking for myself, my trust in God was hard – but it had to do with me – not God. I did not believe God would continue to come to my rescue. I made too many mistakes. I never learned my lesson, I thought. I did not believe God would continue to rescue me in my carelessness.
One of the reason’s we have a hard time believing God will rescue us when we are careless, is because that’s the way we treat each other. Have you ever heard someone say “I promise this is the last time I’ll ask for anything”. We think God is sitting up in heaven tired of our asking.
He is not.
If we ever get to the point where we do not need God – then we’ve missed it. We will always need God. We will always need His guidance. Yes, we can grow stronger spiritually – but we will never arrive! We will never know more than God. He is not the same as humans. He loves us dearly – and always willing to teach us, grow us – and help us in times of need.