by Stephanie Olson, Set Me Free Ministries Co-Founder
To top off the hurt of our loss, a situation arose in a completely unrelated circumstance that upset me to no end. It turned my hurt into anger. I was starting to sink into a miserable emotional state.
And then my six-year-old son lost his tooth–something to be excited about! My kids don't actually believe in the Tooth Fairy, but they do a good job playing along with Mom and Dad as the cash rolls in for a valued tooth. My son, Will, went to prepare his tooth for the exchange when he realized he couldn't find it. He came to me in tears, explaining his tooth was missing. Will and I prayed, and I explained to him that although we might not know where his tooth was, Jesus knew exactly where it was! And Jesus would help us find it!
We looked everywhere. Will was convinced he had dropped the tooth right where we were looking, but no tooth was found. He asked me to pray again, so I did, aloud. But then, I prayed silently. I prayed, "Father, forgive me for my frustration, but You know where this tooth is. I prayed with Will, and I want him to know You are faithful. If we don't find this tooth, what will he think? I don't think I can take much more today!" I'm ashamed to admit that doubt began to creep its way into my heart.
I told Will I was sorry we couldn't find his tooth and to get some rest. It had certainly been a long day. As I walked away to turn off the lights in the house, I looked down–far from where our tooth search took place–and there on the floor, where I shouldn't have even looked, was Will's tooth! Praise God! As I repented for my doubt and praised Him for His faithfulness, God spoke very softly in my spirit and said, "I am in control of everything. Do you trust Me?"
Even on the toughest days, yes, Lord, I trust You.
“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” (Psalm 9:10)
Because regardless of what my circumstances hold, God is still on the throne!
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new … I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” (Revelation 21:5-7)