Emily Belle Freeman



How Do You Come to Trust God?


One question I have been asked over and over the past few months is this, “How do you come to trust God in places of devastation?”

I know exactly what devastation they are asking about.

The hurricanes.

The earthquake.

The decision to take a stand or fall to a knee within the country.

Where is God in this?

And maybe it’s the question all of us are asking.

It’s the kind of question that leads you to wonder, “If God is real, how could He let this happen.”

And when you look at the big picture, maybe it’s hard to see Him there.

It was twenty years ago when I first walked out of the Holocaust museum and tried to shake off the darkness, the sadness, the question that echoed loud within the shocked silence.


Why, God?

My mind raced to discover Him there. It wasn’t long before I found Him. If you look closely you will discover Him there in that dark place. He is to be found within the individual stories. He is there in the personal experiences. It is when you enter into the intimate moments that you find God there.

If you pick up the stories of the people who walked that road they will tell you He was there.

“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”

It is the message of Corrie Ten Booms life. Cornelia was a Dutch watchmaker, but more importantly a Christian. A woman who spent time in a concentration camp because she opened her door.

She could have turned away. Closed her door. Closed her heart.

But she didn’t. She helped create a hiding place. A place where people could sit still.

She was a woman who believed that God’s people were always welcome. I love that, but what

I love most is her welcoming heart, and this… 15 days before Corrie was released her sister died. Just before she died, she told Corrie, “There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.”

There is no pit so deep…

In the hurricane aftermath, in the devastation of the earthquake, in the hearts that are wounded, God is deeper still.

We find Him within those who show up with welcoming hearts. We find Him where people offer a safe place for people to sit still.

It is in the most vulnerable places that we encounter an intimate God.

Whenever love shows up, God is there.

Giving us reason to trust.