I’m so used to crying out in my trials that when the Lord answers and relieves them or a portion of them, I’m not sure how to respond.
Yes, I’m happy, often excited. I praise the Lord. I thank my God.
Then I come before Him to fellowship and spend time with Him one on one, and I find myself not quite sure how to relate with Him.
I’ve been praying about the trial for so long that when He answers it, I wonder, now what?
Should I look for or focus on a new and different trial? Should I dance and sing and revel in His answer I’ve just received?
That’s what I really want to do. Yet I admit, I know more trials will come, so I’m a little wary. I’m thankful, but with a bit of reserve. He’s answered this, so what trial will I have to face next?
But what if I dance and sing and revel in Him anyway? What if I confess my fear of another trial, or more trials, or bigger trials?
What if I give that fear to Him? Here Lord, it’s Yours. I’m going to focus on praising You. Today. Because today is the day You’ve given me.
And what if I confess my lack of trust in Him? Because the trial I just went through was so intense and I expected His answer sooner? And I’m not sure I trust Him right now?
What if I ask for faith and comfort? I could take a step of faith and praise Him. I could enjoy His comfort. Today. Because He is displaying His goodness to me in a big way right now.
What if I praise the Lord? What if I thank Him? What if that’s how I respond even when I’m not sure of all my feelings?
I can come before Him, by faith, and receive not just His current answer to my trial, but all the joy and hope and love that comes with it. And I say, praise the Lord!