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Quietness and Trust


My heart is so easily distracted. I find myself worrying about things that are out of my control, which causes me unneeded stress and a perturbed countenance. I feel challenged in this over the past few days as I look at all that’s on my plate—all that I want to make work, but really is out of my hands.
All week long I have been working through the paperwork for Aria’s application for British citizenship. There are so many unknowns, things that I don’t understand, and people to contact, papers to acquire. I feel in over my head as I usually do when I have paperwork to do—especially when it’s in regards to something important. I remember when I was first trying to fill out the paperwork for my permanent residency application in the States. I had several meltdowns and in short order John had mercy on me and took over as paperwork doesn’t faze him as it does me. But this time, seeing as I’m the British citizen here, most of the paperwork is stuff that I have to work out—and sometimes I feel the mountains of stress looming over me beginning to close in and suffocate.

Solitary tree and bench.
Places of rest.

However, all that being said, I have been so encouraged as I’ve sought the LORD these past few days. Every day, many times through the day, I’ve been giving him my worries, the stress, my desire to know if we indeed will be able to immigrate to the UK after John’s internship or if we’ll simply float here and there, unable to return to the States, and John unable to work anywhere else. The prospect can be daunting. So I turn to our loving God who promises me that, “In repentance and rest is my salvation, in quietness and trust is my strength.” (Isaiah 30:15a) So I’ve come to him, repented for my lack of trust, and simply rested, knowing that he is the one who brings salvation to me, he is the one who truly cares where these wanderers, these sojourners, will wander to next. He will not see us, his righteous ones, forsaken, or our children begging bread. (Psalm 37:25) Amen! And in him I find quietness for my restless spirit, for my strivings. As I trust in him I am strengthened to complete the tasks set before me on this day. Trust—other versions of the verse say “confidence”. I look to God with confidence knowing that I am engraved on the palms of his hands and am ever before him. (Isaiah 49:16) I can praise my Father though I know not what comes next. The doubt does try to creep in, but God is helping me to recognize it and to return to him where my heart, my spirit finds rest. Thank you for the prayers you’ve offered to him on my behalf.

4 Responses to “Quietness and Trust”

  1. Jayne
    June 12th, 2006 08:03

    Rachel & John,
    I am praying for you. I am delayed in the US til July 6th. My first thoughts after I got over the excitment of being able to stay longer in the states was of you Rachel and how I was looking forward to getting back to India to spend time with you and Aria. I have 2 jars of Smuckers Natural peanut butter just waiting to be packed to travel to India. See you soon just keep plugging away God will lead you. Jayne

  2. Rachel
    June 19th, 2006 04:24

    It’s great to hear from you as we’ve also heard from your husband on his mobile since he’s been back. I’m bummed you’ll be out an extra week, but hope it’s a wonderful time. Thank you for getting the peanut butter—what a treat that will be!

    See you in two and a half weeks!

  3. nonna clancy
    June 22nd, 2006 17:45

    Rachel, Remember when you were in the process of getting support for your trip to India…for quite some time it seemed as though you might not be able to raise the necessary funds to make the trip and then low and behold the grace of God ….and in His time the funds appeared in abundance.
    Now you are in India…and the path is unclear once again. Trust in Him and in His time the path will become clear. Also a little tip that might help you with the paperwork, try some soothing music in the background. Sometimes it works for me when I am stressing.
    Love you much.

  4. Rachel
    June 23rd, 2006 11:27

    Yeah… my life has been full of experiences of God coming through when I really needed him.
    Thanks for the tip on soothing music. Sounds like a good idea.

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