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How Mary Poppins Taught Me About Trust

I LOVE how God chooses to speak to us in unusual ways!

I’m a big Mary Poppins fan. When the second live action film came out a while back, I’ll admit... I was leery. When first I saw it, I did end up having mixed feelings about it. So, I didn't really watch it or listen to the soundtrack again until recently when we introduced it to my kids. Of course they ended up loving it! So much so that it’s basically on repeat now. Two weeks ago, though, we were listening for the 187,788,919th time when from what seemed like out of nowhere this line hits me, like deep in my spirit.

"We're on the brink of an adventure, children. Don't spoil it with too many questions!"

It was as if Mary Poppins had vanished and the Lord Himself was speaking those very words to me. I had recently been asking God to help me see more details regarding the path our family is headed down in this next season. I felt like I needed to know every step we were to take for the foreseeable future. Turns out, I don't.

It shouldn't be a new idea, but for some reason it was for me. God has proven himself to my family and me MANY times. Sometimes I had every detail of every step I should take, and sometimes I didn't. What remained constant through that was how God showed up every time and did what He said He would do - lead and guide me through it all.

"Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. Therefore, we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper;I will not be afraid.What can man do to me?"

Hebrews 13:5-6 (HCSB)

First off, I find it very interesting that both marriage and money made it into Paul's final exhortations in the book of Hebrews. Since money is one of the leading causes for divorce in our day, there's definitely something to be said about that. But I digress.

The promise in this statement is very clear; The Lord will never leave us or forsake us. In fact, we should find ourselves so sure of this statement that we can echo this passage and BOLDLY say "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid."

Asking questions isn't wrong. Seeking understanding of who God is or what He is doing in a situation you're walking through isn't wrong either. Sometimes there is work to be done on our part and our role isn't just to sit back and do nothing. We need clarity. What makes asking questions wrong is when you move into the space of needing to take control over something. When you feel you need to take control over something and not allow God to work in His way and in His time, there is a marked lack of - you guessed it - trust. That's where I was. I needed control.

I can't tell you exactly when it was that I decided to stop asking questions, to just let go and let God figure out the details, but I did. It was amazing to me how much clarity I actually got when I released my grip from the need to know everything.

Is there a situation you're walking through right now where you've been asking and asking and asking God for clarity on what to do but you've heard nothing (or so you think)? Try not asking for a bit. Sit back, trust the creator of the Universe and His plan to get you through. You might be on the brink of the most amazing adventure with Him. Don't spoil it with too many questions.

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