Leave It With God
“Now to Him who by His power within us is able to do far more than we ever dare to ask or imagine.”
Mrs. Charles E. Cowman wrote about an ancient monk who planted an olive sapling because he needed the oil. The story went rather like this: “Lord”, prayed the monk, it (the olive sapling) “needs rain that its tender roots may drink and swell. Send gentle showers. And the Lord sent gentle showers”. The monk went on to ask the Lord to send sun for his sapling, and the sun shone. Then he asked for frost to brace the trees tissues, and the sparkling frost came upon the tree; “but at evening it died”.
Then the monk went to the room of a brother monk and told him about the death of his olive sapling. The brother monk said, “I, too, planted a little tree, and see it thrives well. But I entrust my tree to its God. He who made it knows better what it needs than a man like me. I laid no condition. I fixed not ways or means”. He just prayed, “Lord send what it needs; storm or sunshine, wind, rain, or frost. Thou has made it and Thou dost know”. The brother monk placed his trust in the Lord to take care of the olive sapling, and he did not depend on his own understanding.
Corrie Ten Boom states: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God”. I read about a man who was called by the Lord to a job that far surpassed his abilities. It was so challenging that to even to try to accomplish it was almost pointless. Yet, he was identified by the Lord to do this particular job. Did he go the way of the example of the monk and dictate to God the exact steps needed for the job? No. The man, like the brother monk, stepped up his faith and trusted God to send what he needed.
Elizabeth Cheney wrote the following poem: “Said the robin to the sparrow, I really like to know, Why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so. Said the sparrow to the robin, Friend, I think that it must be, That they have no Heavenly Father, such as cares for you and me.”
As a Christian, there are times we have to dig deeper in order to grow in our spiritual life. Whatever given circumstance you are in, if you place your trust in God, He has the capability at just the right time, to provide the perfect outcome. An example of a spiritual anchor for our soul during these times is in the Book of Jeremiah, Ch. 32:27: “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?”. Like the robin and sparrow, our Heavenly Father does care for you and me. So try not to keep snatching your situations back out of God's hands, but yield them, and be sure to leave it with him.
Lord God, thank You for keeping us from stumbling, and allowing us to leave our future in Your hands. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington