Fall backwards and people will catch you.
Put on a blindfold and have someone guide you along a path?
No thank you!
The only blindfold I wear is my sleep mask. (Have you tried a sleep mask? I can’t sleep without it.)
When you’re falling backwards, you have to trust that the people in charge of catching you will have the strength and steady footing to hold you up without collapsing.
Will they be able to bear the added weight?
Will they lead you safely around obstacles?
It’s easy to trust when you’re young.
We trust daddy is gonna catch us when we jump into his arms.
We trust what our parents tell us about Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, and if we put a tooth under our pillow a fairy will come and take it and leave money. (That’s not creepy at all, right?)
As we get older, trust becomes more difficult.
We confide in a friend and they share your secret with someone else.
We rely on a promise that doesn’t come through.
We pour our heart into a relationship that comes to an end.
I have been the receiver AND giver of mistrust.
I’ve had my heart hurt and have been the one to hurt others.
I ask questions like…
What are they after?
What do they want from me?
What do they get from this?
That’s because people are fallible.
We are navigating through our own experiences, with our own pain, and carrying past hurts with us.
What once came “without question” is now filled with doubt, hesitation, and holding back from truly sharing.
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That the weight of your burden would not make them collapse?
Not only will they catch you, but will hold you steady and support you fully.
That the direction they lead you is not only the right one, but that you’re on solid footing.
I talked about God’s unfailing love a few weeks ago.
It is deeper, stronger, and will never be removed from those He loves.
It is unconditional.
His love is sacrificial.
For God so loved the world that He GAVE his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Remember, we can have Hope in Him. Confidence that He is with us and that He hears us.
Jeremiah 29:11 (HCSB)
“For I know the plans I have for you”- this is the Lord’s declaration- “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Knowing that He loves us with unfailing love, and we have hope in His plans for us, we can trust Him with our hearts, burdens, and our sorrows.
It is a delicate flower that requires much care. Just like our hearts.
God wants us to look to Him for trust.
He will take care of you, never let you go, won’t lead you astray or fail to catch you.
How do you trust God?
Trust Him with something small.
Not because you want him to “PROVE” Himself ( he isn’t magic), but to soften our hearts to trust itself.
It can feel weird to trust…tell Him that. (Even though He already knows it)
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. -Ernest Hemingway-
What about you?
Do you struggle with trust?