Returning to the Unknown

Last year I took a Faith Trip, as many of you know.  A Faith Trip is one in which only God knows the itinerary.  My Faith Trip began in Budapest, Hungary and took me to many unexpected places.  The first place after Budapest was Romania, in Transylvania.  Today I will return to Romania to help out at a Christian camp in the Carpathian Mountains.

What I will be doing is a mystery, and exactly where I will be is also a mystery.  Will I have internet?  I don’t know.   Actually, now that I think of it, this trip to Hungary and Romania is sort of a second Faith Trip, but this time I know a bit of the itinerary, but no details.  Unlike last year, this time I step out without even the slightest trace of fear.  Instead there is just excitement to see where I end up and what I will be doing.

I’ve learned that the more I trust God (without worrying about anything at all), the more I learn just how very good He is.  God’s Word tells us many times that we can trust Him:

Psalm 37:4-6 – Take delight in the Lord,
and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in Him and He will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.

Psalm 56:3-5 – When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.
In God, whose Word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 62:7-9 – My salvation and my honor depend on God;
He is my mighty Rock, my Refuge.
Trust in Him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to Him,
for God is our Refuge.

Psalm 91:1-2 – Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my Refuge and my Fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 118:7-9 – The Lord is with me; He is my Helper.
I look in triumph on my enemies.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in humans.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

Psalm 125:1 – Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to Him,
and He will make your paths straight.

Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.

Jeremiah 17:7-9 – But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in Him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.

Jeremiah 39:17-18 – But I will rescue you on that day, declares the Lord; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear.  I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in Me, declares the Lord.

Nahum 1:7 – The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in Him.

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

Matthew 6:25 – Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the flowers of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?”  For the pagans run after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Luke 12:25-26 – Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

God is good!  He is trustworthy, He loves you, and He is good!  So I’ll go into the unknown, knowing only this:  I trust in Him.

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