I will be completely honest, not a big fan of Rick Warren... but that doesn't mean God isn't using him. He certainly is. The following devotional was posted on his blog yesterday and a friend of mine forwarded it to me. Timely? Of course! God knows. He always knows...
by Rick Warren
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)
You may be facing a dead end right now — financial, emotional, or relational — but if you will trust God and keep on moving in faith, even when you don’t see a way, he will make a way.
It will become more understandable as you head down the path he sets before you, but understanding is not a requirement for you to start down the path. Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day” (NIV). One day you will stand in the full light of eternity and view the big picture. You’ll see God’s purpose behind the path he specifically chose for you.
In the meantime, do what Proverbs 3 says: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Be patient. God knows what he’s doing. God knows what is best for you. He can see the end result. You can’t. All those problems, heartaches, difficulties and delays — all the things that make you ask “why” — will one day be clear in the light of God’s love.
But for now, we’re learning to trust God.
And we couldn't fathom what we were going to do with the whole car situation yesterday. The guy was talking like he wasn't going to fix the stuff they messed up. I prayed, and prayed, and cried and asked for prayer, and got down on my face in the floor and prayed some more. As I literally picked myself up off the floor, the phone rang... it was Michael. He was at the car shop, and was on the way home with the car. The FIXED car. The guy fixed everything that was wrong, even though he still claimed they weren't responsible for some of it. Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! And while that doesn't bring an end to all of the woes piled on us right now, that was certainly the most pressing, the most fateful. So, with that out of the way, I can breathe again, and realize how silly I am for even worrying at all, because God always provides. Why can't I get my head to know what my heart knows in the midst of my panic? Sigh. God will make a way, where there seems to be no way!