When my husband and I started dating in college, the internet had not yet been invented. Just imagine a world in which during summers and school breaks, our communication was relegated to the occasional phone call and lots and lots of letters.
I love today’s world of instant communication, but in many ways, I miss those letter-writing days. The letters between my husband and I were heartfelt and sincere. We had to think carefully about the words we wrote since they would be preserved on paper, rather than the quick “What should we do for dinner tonight?” texts we send today.
Sadly, I don’t know what happened to all of those letters between us — I think they may have gotten lost in a move somewhere — but I remember them well. They were permanent records of a time when our love was just beginning to bloom into what would become a long and lasting marriage.
One thing I remember most about our letters was the P.S. in nearly every letter one of us would write: “P.S. I love you.” It was just a quick reminder of our growing feelings for one another.
The P.S. of any letter is usually short and sometimes surprising — a brief addition to what has already been said. Sometimes, the P.S. can be more memorable than the letter itself.
Recently, I read the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1 and 2 and saw a P.S. that I had never seen before in her story.
Hannah was a woman of faith, who desperately wanted a child but who had not yet been able to get pregnant. One day, as she was praying in the temple, she made a solemn vow to the Lord.
“Lord,” Hannah prayed, “If you give me a child, I promise to give him back to you.” By the grace of God, Hannah got pregnant, gave birth to Samuel, and when he was weaned, the story tells us, she brought him back to the temple as promised.
The priest at that time was a man named Eli, who was a terrible parent! In fact, at one point, God confronted Eli about his parenting by asking him, “Why do you honor your sons more than me?” If I had been Hannah, I would have definitely had second thoughts about leaving my son in the care of a man like Eli.
But Hannah was a woman of her word, and she did what she had promised — she gave Samuel back to God. No questions asked. No hesitation. She fulfilled her vow, trusting God to be the perfect parent for Samuel.
We think we’re finished with Hannah’s story as it shifts to Eli and his wicked sons, but the Bible gives us a little P.S. in 1 Samuel 2:21 where it says, “And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.”
With this poignant P.S. placed in the middle of all the wickedness that’s going on, God seems to be saying, “P.S. Hannah, I haven’t forgotten you. I love you.”
Think about it. When Hannah committed Samuel to the Lord, she had no idea what the future would hold. She had no idea what would happen to Samuel when she dropped him off at the temple with Eli. She had no idea what her home life would look like without her precious son at her side. She had no idea she would be blessed with five more children. She simply committed herself and her only child to the trustworthy care of the Lord.
Now, as every investment firm will tell you, “Past performance is not indicative of future results.” In other words, you can give them your money, but they have no idea what’s going to happen in the future.
And neither do we.
We don’t know if our child will get sick. We don’t know if our child will suffer greatly in the future or have smooth sailing throughout their life. We don’t even know if we will have more children than we have today. We just don’t know what the future will hold.
And neither did Hannah. All she knew was that the Lord had heard her cry and had answered her prayer. And in response, she fulfilled her vow to the Lord.
Have you felt forgotten by the Lord? Hold on to the poignant P.S. in Hannah’s story to remind yourself today that God sees you. He knows you. He hears your heartfelt prayers. He is a trustworthy Father who loves you dearly.
The P.S. in Hannah’s story show us that we too can trust God’s plan in our lives, even when we have no idea what our future may hold.
We can trust God’s plan in our lives, even when we have no idea what our future may hold. -@ShellyWildman: Click To Tweet Leave a Comment
Michele Morin says
You’ve put your finger on my most pressing spiritual battle. Most of the time I sail along, confident that God’s way is “perfect,” and then He takes a path that was not on my itinerary and the ugly questioning starts again.
Thank you for putting Hannah’s obedience and faithfulness on display with this post.
This is a good time to be reminded that I can trust God’s motives even when I don’t know what’s next.
Shelly Wildman says
It’s good to follow a trustworthy God, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing this, Michelle.
Shelly what an important point you make and it speaks to my heart as if God we’re whispering to me right now!! That simply we shouldn’t worry about our future we just need to wait and trust in the Lord for him to reveal the next step in Gods path and what He has planned for our lives. Hannah and her faith is something I aspire to as my relationship with Christ grows… it must of been so hard giving up her baby Samuel I’m not sure I could do that. But Hannah shows complete trust in God and as crazy as it sounds (we should automatically trust God as we know from his love, creation and the miracles he has performed in my life I completely should trust Him. It is easy to try and fix things ourselves or control our future or do things we think might be what God wants for us but I need to stop that and pray over ever decision and really wait and trust in the Lord.
Shelly Wildman says
I know what you mean, Jas. I’m not sure I have the kind of faith Hannah had, but I’m grateful God takes my small seed of faith and blesses it in amazing ways. 🙂
Beth Williams says
No one knows what the future holds. The best we can do is take one day at a time & trust God with the rest. Most of us, especially women, want to know what’s next. We make plans & seek answers to what God has in store for us. It is hard to walk blindly on faith. God asks us to trust Him completely with our lives, money, everything. One thing we do know is that God has never failed us or forgotten us. Sure He may seem far away & feel like He’s not answering our prayers. He is working on our behalf ALL the time. He sends his gracious loving P.S. throughout the Bible. His ways are higher & different from ours for He sees the future. Job lost everything but trusted & God multiplied what he had to begin with. The Bible is full of His love notes to us. Thanks for pointing out a poignant PS for Hannah!
Shelly Wildman says
You are so right, Beth–we don’t know what the future holds. I love your faith-filled comment today. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂
Stephanie Thompson says
Such a great reminder. I am familiar with Hannah’s story but I never thought of the perspective you shared. Now, I am even more inspired by her. My husband and I also remember our letter writing days. Especially when I lived in Sweden for a few months. Wouldn’t trade them for skype. Thanks Shelly!
MARIA PEREZ says
TRUST SURRENDER. ACCEPT GOD’S WILL I HAVE HAD A HARD TIME WITH THIS. MY DAUGHTERS DON’T SPEAK TO ME AS I HAVE NOT GONE ALONG WITH THEIR LIFE CHOICES . I MISS THEM ALOT!!!!!!! I PRAY FOR HEALING OF OUR HEARTS I PRAY BUT GOD SEEMS SILENT. WHOULD LOVE TO HEAR BACK. BLESSINGS MARIA
Shelly Wildman says
Oh dear Maria. I am just now seeing this and want you to know I am praying for you right now. God loves you, sweet sister.