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Learning to Trust God When the Situation Seems Impossible

By: Bethany Baird

Let’s fly back in time to October of 2014.

I remember it like it was yesterday. Kristen and I were standing in a hotel Starbucks waiting to meet the one and only Erin Davis. (She’s the amazing gal who runs the LYWB Blog).

I’d been interacting with Erin for several years via email but had never met her in person. I was so excited to finally meet face to face and have the opportunity to pick Erin’s brain about blogging, book writing, and getting published.

In my mind, she was (and still is) the pro. I was (and still feel like) the newbie who was hoping to glean any wisdom she had to offer.

She was like the celebrity, and I was like the fangirl.

The moment arrived, and I finally met Erin. She was just as sweet and bubbly as I’d imagined. Everything about our Starbucks conversation was going fabulously. Then we hit a speed bump. After Kristen and I shared our dreams and hopes for the future, Erin sweetly and thoughtfully responded.

Her advice went something like this, “You need to work hard. Do your best. And then leave the results up to God. Don’t force God’s timing. Let Him create the opportunities. Let Him be the one to make things happen. You just need to be faithful, and He will take care of the rest.”

My face had a smile that hid what I was really feeling on the inside.

On the inside I was thinking, Easy for you to say! You’ve had over a dozen books published. You already have a platform. You already have a million connections with publishing companies. It’s easy for you to trust in God’s timing. Me? I don’t have any of that. I’m a newbie. How in the world am I supposed to get a publishing contract? This advice isn’t helpful!

I wanted Erin to give me a 1-2-3 guaranteed step-by-step system to follow. I didn’t want her telling me to “work hard and leave the results up to God.”

I left that conversation excited and discouraged all at the same time.

I wondered how a situation that seemed impossible—becoming a published author—would ever become a reality.

(Hey girls, Erin here. Excuse me while I interrupt this blog post. I remember that Starbucks meeting just as fondly as Bethany, and I know what it’s like to have that sinking feeling when you realize that trusting God’s timing means giving up control. I don’t have a million publishing connections, and it’s still not always easy to trust in God’s timing. But I do know He’s trustworthy, whether I choose to rest in that or not. Back to Bethany . . .)

God Did the Impossible.

Thankfully, God taught me to do exactly what Erin advised, “work hard and leave the results up to Him.”

Over the next two months Kristen and I worked like crazy to prepare a book proposal to submit to a literary agent. We had no idea how we would secure an agent or get our proposal seen by a publisher, but we worked hard and trusted that God would make it happen if He wanted to.

Then God did the impossible!

In November of 2014, less than a month after my coffee talk with Erin, Kristen and I received an email from a publisher asking if the two of us would be interested in writing a book.

My mind was officially blown. Truly “nothing is impossible with God.

That book offer became Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity. You can pick up your very own copy here!

God used that incredible experience to strengthen my faith. I learned to trust that God can do whatever He wants. He is not limited by human standards. If He wants something to happen, it will happen.

Our job is to simply (as Erin so beautifully said), “Work hard. Do your best. And then leave the results up to God.”

I strongly encourage you to take her advice and apply it to your own life.

Work hard, do your best, and then leave the results up to God. Relax knowing that If God wants something to happen, He will make it happen. We don’t have to force it.

I love the way Psalm 8:3–4 reminds us of how great our God is.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

The next time you are faced with an impossible situation, remember how big God is. Remember that He can do the impossible. Trust that He will accomplish His perfect will in your life.

Imagine we are having a coffee shop conversation. I’d love to know:

  • Is there a certain area in your life where you need to trust God? What is it?
  • Are you willing to leave the results in His hands?

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  • Rachel M.

    Thank you for this post Bethany! What an amazing story of God’s love and grace to us! I really needed this post today, so thanks for the encouragement. Y’all are such a blessing in my life and for me, y’all are the celebrity and I am the fangirl. You are so committed to God and encourage me to do the same. I have so many of your quotes on my wall as a reminder to live for God. Thank you for starting this ministry and encouraging girls everywhere.

    God Bless!
    -Rachel

  • This post was very timely as I am waiting on the Lord to move and work in something that is so beyond my control.

  • Wow. God’s timing is incredible. That’s all i have to say about this post. 🙂

  • Thanks for this great reminder! 🙂

  • Jade

    Financial and popular success does not necessarily imply that God is speaking through you. Take a step back. Publishers are interested in what sells, and sadly, there is a large population that all too willingly snatches up the latest book that purports to have all of the answers. God doesn’t give us all the answers. He gives us a little taste, just enough to encourage us to seek him. What an amazingly huge task that you treat so flippantly. I’ve learned through hard experience to move away from people who claim to have all the answers. I am so sad that you would lead so many young people into the trap of outward self righteousness and inward self destruction. I was shocked to see the comment section on the last post filled with girls rating themselves at your suggestion. That should be a sign, ifnothing else is, of the “I’ll never be good enough” doctrine you’re teaching. 12 year old girls should not have that kind of guilt.

  • Erika

    Do you know what it is like to be in an impossible situation? I see by your lifestyle that you’ve lived a privileged life. Do you know what it’s like to be hungry? To be abused, to be betrayed by a close friend, to be despised by your parents for what you believe in? To call out to God every night and every day and never know if the voices were him speaking or your insanity. When you finally escape from the village you can only thank him for your life. My God saved me from that. I don’t see my God in your pretty pink blog or your plastic faces. I see him in the sweaty faces of my sisters that made it out alive and vowed to learn everything about him and his world and work for the good of this earth and its people.

    A friend heard my story and told me about you. Now I see she, like you, can’t see truthfully even she stares at truth.

    • Erika

      You openly flaunt your wealth and prosperity… American “Christians” call this… “Humility”.

      • Tanya

        God speaks to everyone in different ways. You may not hear Gods voice through this blog, but I can’t tell you how many times God spoke to me and delivered me from my worries and stresses right when I needed it. I’ve been following this blog for several years and it has blessed my life.

    • Wendy

      What an amazing and scary life you have had. I believe your feelings are so true and pure. Her words may seem like a pebble skipping across the surface when viewed from your eyes, eyes that have seen so much horror. You have lived in survival mode clinging to God purely as a lifeline. The story behind the words may not fit to you, but the message of God is the same. It seems you did just as she said, “Work hard, do your best, and leave the results to God.” You lived those words in a more life or death situation, which only those who have similar experiences can understand, yes, but please do not let bitterness set in. When you read of others lives that seem so much easier than yours has been try to remember God is everywhere for everyone, and He will not waste one single tear that you have cried. I believe He will use your life to help so many others. You sure touched my heart today. Mine is trusting God with my children as I try to help my daughter get through suicidal ideation and self harm. Trusting that He sees her and will not leave her or forsake her as I see the hurt in her eyes. We all have our own lives we are living, but when we share our stories then God uses those tears to lift others up and through. Keep sharing girls!

    • Joy

      Erika, I realize that you have had a hard life. I know how it feels too. Just remember that you can use your experiences to bring others to the truth.
      Life is hard,but that is what makes our faith stronger in Him. Many have never experienced what you or I have.
      This blog is filled with many truths, since you have been through so much, it may seem trivial to you but it is working wonders in other girls lives.
      Perhaps you should share your story and how it brings you closer to the Lord. It could work wonders in the lives of those who have been through similar trials.

  • Kaela Schutz

    Cool!!! God work in mysterious and powerful ways!!!
    Love you Girls!!!

  • Ana

    The area in my life I need to trust God is to trust that he will lead me through the next stage of my life (college). I go from wholeheartedly wanting a family and children to desperately wanting to go and live my young adult years freely and solely for my own growth. I started to understand that the desires of my heart for my future are from God if I let go of my visions and ambitions and if I open my heart for change. Learning through your experience with publishing, I am hoping that God will bless me with the strength to surrender to His will.

  • I’ve felt God calling me to blog for YEARS now and I’ve finally given in to the call and started the process of building my blog…and I’m terrified. It seems like everywhere I turn, I’m coming up with more reasons not blog. I’ve already seen God’s will in this and I know He’s faithful, but I definitely feel “excited and discouraged” in this moment! But I am willing to leave the results in His hands. I was just writing this morning about the parallel between Jacob’s cry “if I am bereaved…I am bereaved” in Genesis 43:14 and Esther’s “if I perish…I perish” in Esther 4:16. I’m holding on to the promise that “if I fail…I fail,” and God is still with me.

  • Stacey

    I’m currently in a job that I don’t like thousands of miles from home without a strong community around me. I feel completely alone. I struggle so much to trust that God will bring good out of this. I don’t know what the next steps are and I feel so trapped and unsure. Do I stay or do I go? If I stay, what am I staying for? If I go, what am I going back to? I feel like both answers are nothing. Looking for hope amidst so much crippling hurt.

  • Sarah James

    Hey Girls, thank you soooo much for your awesome website and blogs. I love what you do and how you are so on fire for the Lord and encourage us from the bible to live our lives for Him and share the wonderful joy, enthusiasm and strength you so clearly have in Him. I also love your open honesty about your lives. Thank you Bethany for sharing this blog about responding in a faithful way to situations that seem impossible for us. I am in that situation now. I’ve spent the last three years working on a science-based PhD and now I have to write a thesis. That would be okay but for the fact that last year my supervisor offered me a job in his department that started in January this year. Initially I was delighted and accepted it, but now over three months into the job I am realising that I cannot see how I am ever going to get the thesis written. I get home every evening exhausted and at the weekends I am struggling to focus and concentrate on the thesis because my mind isn’t into it anymore. Whats more is that I am finding it impossible to get quality time with God. Consequently I feel I am drifting away from the only one who can help me and drifting deeper and deeper into sinful desires, lethargy and defeat. Please can you offer me advice to help me take my eyes back to God and to trust in Him? Are there other girls here in a similar position that I can get in touch with so we can encourage each other? I am feeling so alone in this situation and would love a sister to go through it with. Sarah xx

  • Marie Joana Bete Duetes

    Thank you so much, a great advice to trust and rely on God..


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