What trust feels like sometimes!
Trust is not a four-letter word, but you’d think it was, I avoid saying it so often, as in, “I trust you, Lord.” In God I definitely do NOT put my trust, my whole trust and nothing but my trust as often as I should.
When I was little, my oldest sister and her boyfriend (now her husband) pulled a trick on me. I was years younger than they and so when they asked me to step up on a board they were holding between them and let someone blindfold me, I did.
I trusted them. Afterall, the board wasn’t very far off the ground. So, I stood there on the board, with my little right hand up on my sister’s shoulder and my left up on her boyfriend’s for balance while one of their friends knotted a handkerchief behind my head.
Then my heart skipped a beat as I felt them lifting me high up into the air. I must have been pretty high, too, I thought, because I had to bend my knees to keep my grip on their shoulders. My legs were shaking and I was holding on for dear life when they said, “Jump.”
What?! They and the other teens in on the joke coaxed and coaxed assuring me I’d be fine. “Come on! You can do it!”
Finally, I let go and leaped into the air expecting to be falling to my death but was shocked and confused when I landed abruptly on the ground just a few inches beneath me where it’d been all along! They had just bent down beneath me, making think they’d lifted me up!
I‘m sure they all had a good laugh at my expense and it probably took awhile before I’d trust them again.
Sometimes God’s like that.
Sometimes he asks us to try something a little scary, like lead a Bible study (I’m not equipped for that!), or help at an orphanage (I’ve never really liked kids…), or fly half-way around the world to love on a people that are COMPLETELY different than us (I can’t! I just can’t, Lord!). Or it can be something as simple as speaking kindly to our family (Now, you know they won’t listen to me unless I yell!), or trusting Him enough to stay pure till the wedding day (I’ll die!). It can feel a little like balancing on the edge of a cliff, ’till you take that first step…
When I look back on my life, I can clearly see that when I’ve taken that leap of faith I’ve landed safely every time.
But when I’ve followed other voices, my own or the devil’s or people’s I thought I could trust, BAM! I’ve come up dazed and confused and wondering what would have happened if I’d just trusted and obeyed in the first place, like that old hymn ,
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, then to trust and obey.”
I recently read this status about trust on Facebook. It’s a heart’s cry from my friend’s son, a young soldier in Iraq:
He wrote, “Sometimes I’m so scared of what will happen if I put all my trust in You, but I am terrified of what will happen if I don’t! What will happen if I keep on living in this rut that I’m in? What will happen if I never put my trust completely in You? How many blessings will I miss? How many chances will I miss to give your name glory? How many chances will I miss to show your love to those who need it?” Steve “Blu” Mack.
How ’bout you? Has God asked you to step up on the board and you’re afraid if you do you’ll end up like that guy in the picture at the top of the page?
I bet, though, if you looked up, you’d see that instead of a jagged cliff, you were holding onto a warm hand all along; the hand of Someone you could trust.
The cliffhanger’s prayer: “Oh, Father in heaven. I want to trust you. I want to agree with the psalmist who wrote, “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ ” (Psalms 31:14) Help me to trust in You at all times, and pour my heart out to You, for You are my refuge. (Psalm 62:8). And David wrote some of those words when he was besieged in a city with enemies all around. So, help me to trust you right in the heat of battle when all looks hopeless. Help me to be still and know You are my God. (Psalm 46:10) In Jesus’ name, AMEN!”
Read the following verses slowly. Let them speak to your soul: “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah” (Psalm 62:5-8)
Do you know the Lord? Click on the pic below to be introduced. Come on! Trust Him! Jump!! 🙂