Trust. It’s hard to earn and easy to lose. Who do you consider to be truly trustworthy? In our fast-paced, airbrushed, facebook world, it’s easy to create a winsome facade…how much harder to maintain trust. The casualty in our world of virtual relationships is, well, relationships. At least strong, committed, lasting relationships.
The Bible talks a lot about trusting God. And since our relationship with Him is based on trust, if we struggle with trust, we probably struggle with God. That’s nothing new. People have struggled with trusting God since those fateful days in Eden.
Recently, I had a “mother moment.” It all boiled down to this. I was having a hard time trusting God with one of my children…been there? I was letting my imagination run wild with “what if’” scenarios. I carried the anxiety to bed with me one night and actually seemed to be worrying in my sleep, when a voice suddenly broke the silence, whispering, “I can be trusted.” First person, singular. ”Who was THAT?” I wondered, now half-awake.
The next morning in my daily Bible reading, I happened to be in John’s gospel. I was arrested by Jesus’s words to his disciples. ”Trust in God. Trust also in me” (John 14:1). There it was again. FIrst person singular. I wondered. Was that Jesus talking to me the night before in my sleep?
A few days later, I was worrying again (I’m a slow learner). This time a voice, not audible, interrupted my rumination with a clear question, ”When are you going to trust me?’ It was a gentle, but stern rebuke–the same tone of voice I’ve used with my own kids. I sensed right away it was the Lord.
We happened to be at the beach that week. While out for a quick errand one evening, I continued my running conversation with God. ”Is this really You talking to me about trust, Lord?” Suddenly, out of the corner of my, like a beacon of light, flashed this sign in front of a small chapel.
Trust…isn’t that what matters most to God–that we trust Him with every aspect of our life? Maybe it’s that simple.