When I was younger I knew that money grew on trees. You see, I was a bit of a gypsy, moving every few years, and I always landed on my feet. Things always worked out. I had a strong faith back then, even though I refused to give God the glory.
To think how much I could have accomplished for Him, but I didn’t. I actively worked against Him during those years and He still didn’t give up on me!
Anyway, it took Him letting me fall a few times for me to realize that money doesn’t grow on trees and sometimes the kindest thing a parent can do is to let a little one fall a bit (supervised of course).
It took some heartaches before I figured out that faith is only safe in Him. Faith squandered elsewhere is like playing russian roulette, and while it’s exciting in theory, the reality can harm or kill you.
I shake my head when people talk about their glory days, how free they were and wouldn’t it be great to go back to more innocent times? And I think they must be nuts!
There isn’t enough money in the world that would make me WANT to return to the heartless, reckless, idiotic, girl I was before. Because now?
Now I have God, or rather He has me. I may be poor, I may struggle, I may not have the courage to up and move without a thought for tomorrow like I used to, but I have real faith now. I have the promise of a home and family forever.
I don’t delude myself that this life will be easy anymore. I know it won’t be and that’s ok, because God has taught me to roll with the punches and He’s there for me.
Take a shortcut and stop trusting in things, stop trusting in bank accounts and net worth, and investments. Those can all go sour in a heartbeat. Have faith that you will take a few falls, but it will be ok if you trust in Him.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 20:7 NIV