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Trust Him in Everything

In the sport of NASCAR there are individual drivers for every racecar and for every driver there is a spotter. On their own, a racecar driver is more likely to crash; but with the help of a spotter they are able to avoid some costly accidents.

Bob Margolis from Yahoo Sports explains, The spotter is a team member with a radio who is placed in a high position where they can see as much of the entire race track as physically possible-usually on top of the highest grandstand. His or her primary job is to make sure the driver is safe during the race and to be a second set of eyes. More than anything else, it's a job based on trust. When a spotter says 'clear,' his driver has to trust he's being given good information and that no other car is there, meaning he can move up or down the track.”

We ourselves, are in a race, and God is our spotter. From His vantage point, God is able to see every detail of our life. Nothing is hidden from God’s sight, and to Him our road ahead is clearly visible.

I’m learning that when things don’t work out the way I would have wanted, there is a greater plan in the future. The focus has to be taken off my doubts and placed on a promised word from God.

His words in Jeremiah 29:11 are straightforward: "'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the LORD. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'" (NLT) 

In one of Pastor Kevin Gerald’s messages he said, “The eyes of faith are not always looking at the natural, the eyes of faith look out and they see the good, and they focus on the positive, and the eyes of faith are going to continue to trust God in everything.”

No matter how bleak today may look, there is always change on the horizon for those of us who have the faith to believe.

Habakkuk learned how to trust God and not be affected by the negative stuff going on around him. He writes in Habakkuk 3:17-19,

“Though the cherry trees don't blossom and the strawberries don't ripen, though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted, though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I'm singing joyful praise to God. I'm turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on God's Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I'm king of the mountain!” (MSG)

When we’re in a tight spot and problems are raging all around, a sense of uncertainty tries to envelop the mind. If we are not careful, it is easy to get mentally sidetracked. By focusing on our problems and never looking up, we will fail to experience the peace of God.

Isaiah 26:3 tells us,

“God will keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him, all whose thoughts are fixed on Him!” (NLT)

To reiterate about the spotter, Bob Margolis goes on to say, “Spotters can be responsible for keeping a young, perhaps emotional and easily frustrated driver calm while also telling him to slow down or speed up. He adds, “...the spotter also is a driver's co-pilot in the sense that he's able to see the big picture throughout the race.”

You and I have to come to the place where we need to trust God completely and allow Him the freedom to point us in the right direction. Not only do we have to trust Him, we have to remember that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Rom. 8:28 NLT). 

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