Trust. It’s hard to earn and easy to lose. Who do you consider to be truly trustworthy? In our fast-paced world, dominated by social media, it’s easy to create a friendly facade. How much harder to maintain trust.
The Bible talks a lot about trusting God. Our relationship with Him is based on trust. So 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.
I remember several years ago when I had one of those “mother moments.” It all boiled down to this: I was having a hard time trusting God with one of my children. Ever been there? I was letting my imagination run wild with “what if'” scenarios. I carried the anxiety to bed with me. I was still worrying in my sleep, when an audible voice whispered these words: “I can be trusted.” First person, singular. “Who was THAT?” I wondered, now half-awake.
The next morning, I happened to be reading 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 started to worry again (I’m a slow learner). When suddenly, an inner voice–this time not audible–interrupted my anxiety with a 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 on vacation at the beach. I went out for a quick errand that evening, still having a running conversation with God, Lord, can I really trust you with these worries? Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, like a beacon of light, flashed this sign in front of a small chapel. I wheeled into the parking lot to snap this photo as a reminder. God must have a sense of humor. But it must also be very important to Him that I learn to trust Him with every aspect of my life.