Have you ever fought and fought and fought for something - tried every solution you can think of - and then realized that the only thing left to do is to give up and let God do His job? We've recently faced this with a very complicated and sad situation in our extended family. Privacy concerns don't allow me to share any details, but I talked about it a little bit in the spring and know that many people have prayed - not even knowing exactly what they are praying for.Thank you!
I've pictured the situation as people out in the water, drowning, and desperately needing to be rescued - but unwilling to take the life preservers that are being thrown to them. If I have any way to throw it to them, I will not give up, but it's become clear that every avenue that we know of has been shut down or turned away, and we have to surrender them to the Lord and pray earnestly for them.
One of the most meaningful things to me lately has been the devotional book, "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young. (That is not an affiliate link so I don't get anything if you click on it and buy it.) She takes verses from the Bible and rewrites them as if they are a message straight from Jesus (which, of course, they are!) I have the Kindle version on my phone and my iPad so I can read it wherever I am. Every day it seems to have just the message I need. A few days ago this was part of the devotional:
"When things seem to be going all wrong, stop and affirm your trust in Me. Calmly bring these matters to Me, and leave them in My capable hands. Then, simply do the next thing. Stay in touch with Me through thankful, trusting prayers, resting in My sovereign control."
Another day it said:
"As your thoughts center more and more on Me, trust displaces fear and worry. Your mind is somewhat like a seesaw. As your trust in Me goes up, fear and worry automatically go down. Time spent with Me not only increases your trust; it also helps you discern what is important and what is not."
and a couple days ago I highlighted:
"Come to Me, Come to Me, Come to Me. This is my continual invitation to you, proclaimed in holy whispers."
While we never give up - fighting for the services and intervention that are needed - we also can rest in knowing that God knows and He cares. HE never gives up or gets weary!
I hope this could possibly help someone today - to trust and know that you are not alone.