Trusting God is not something easily done. It’s not just praying and telling God “I trust you.” It’s praying, reading, fasting, waiting, Wand leaning on God. If anything, trusting God is probably one of the hardest things to do when problems come our way because in order to trust in God, we must believe He is faithful while we hold on to our faith in Him.
Ruri was an average girl growing up. She loved to run and play in fields of flowers. She loved to be around the other local children, but then, all of a sudden, she had a cough. As time passed, the cough grew more problematic. It would hinder her from enjoying the things she liked. The longer time passed, the worse it became. First, she couldn’t leave her village. Then, she couldn’t leave her home. Nobody knew why this was happening. There was no technology, and there were no doctors at this time. Ruri’s father, the village chief, continually felt hopeless when he saw his daughter faint in the severity of her cough. He would cry for his daughter, while he knew there was no help for her. Because of this, he faced every single day with the thought that maybe today, his daughter may be gone. Then Zenku Came.
Before meeting Ruri, Zenku meets Kohaku, Ruri’s sister. Kohaku tries to explain to Zenku what is wrong with her sister, but she can’t. She can only tell him that her sister has had a cough all her life. As Ruri begins to lift the jar of water back to her village, she shares with Zenku that the water comes from hot springs, and she carries the giant jar every day in hope that it may help heal Ruri. After Zenku hears Ruri’s story, He purposed in his heart to work diligently to come up with a life-saving drug to heal Ruri, but the problem is that he doesn’t know what Ruri is suffering with. With nothing but an idea and will, Zenku eventually creates the miracle drug in time to heal Ruri of her illness.
“O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?”… “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.”
Trusting God is difficult. When things aren’t going the way you want them to or when you see how badly your loved ones are suffering, It’s understandable to have conflicting thoughts towards the faithfulness of God, but when we choose to trust God and wait in Him, we begin to learn that God doesn’t operate in ways that are obvious to us. For His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). If His ways are higher and His thoughts higher, then His works must be higher too.
We may not see the work of God’s hands at the time of our suffering, but it doesn’t mean that God isn’t there when we can’t see Him either. For we don’t see His works now, but one day, we will. God’s plans aren’t affected by time. Neither are our prayers considered “late” when we pray before the Lord. Kohaku, Ruri’s sister, would always bring a giant Jar of hot water hoping that the little she was doing would heal her sister. Although the water she faithfully carried never healed Ruri, it did help her live long enough to meet Zenku.
It is hard to believe that God works in the little things we do when we feel hopeless. Your work may seem feeble at first, but as you trust God, you will see how God uses mustard seed faith to move mountains and divide seas. Even when you feel you’re at your ends, with nowhere to go and no hope to cling on, God can speak to the void and make a way because in the beginning, when nothing was present, God spoke and all came to be. In faith, Kohaku had the idea of getting water for her sister, and because she did so, she met Zenku. Although she had no direction and no knowledge of what would come ahead, she couldn’t say meeting Zenku was a chance or coincidence.
It was undeniable that this meet was ordained. If Zenku were never miraculously revived at the time he did, he would never have met Kohaku. It’s amazing to know that even when we’re unaware of what’s happening before us, God still works things out for our good (Romans 8:28). Continue to trust God in your walk with Him. God is faithful and God is good. When things aren’t going your way, know that His ways are higher. When things aren’t going the way you think they should be, know that His thoughts are higher too. Trust God as you wait in His presence, even if you have to wait long. Waiting in God doesn’t mean your prayers aren’t answered, it means that God has already answered them; you’re only waiting to see how good He really is.
“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”