Have you ever participated in a team building exercise that encourages trust?
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.
That is the Trust that ONLY God can give.
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.
Freesia is the symbol of trust.
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?
Another great reminder post, Rebecca. Thank you sharing your heart. Trust isn’t easy, but I’m so thankful we have God with us….He never fails. ??
Thanks for reading, Sarah. Thank God (literally) that He is always with us!
“He is your refuge and fortress”… That is going on my bulletin board today. Thanks for that reminder, in this wonderful post. Each week you put forth another verse that I think is my favorite, so many I can’t decide what I’d like to request from Maria Morris. I might need her to do a long landscape of verses for my slant wall in my sewing room.
WOW! I love this:) After a few breakups… trust has become a real issue for me. THANKS!
Mary, breakups are the pits! Rest in the knowledge that HE (God) is walking through this season with you. You are not alone!
Repairing broken trust can be so hard. I am so thankful we have a loving, perfect God to help!!
You are so right- repairing broken trust can be painfully hard! He (God) walks alongside us even through brokenness and put our pieces back together faithfully. Thank you for coming by and reading this post!
Trust can be hard to gain back once it’s broken but we have a God we can count on.
Helen, We can definitely Count on God- He hasn’t left me yet! (even when I wouldn’t blame Him if He did)
Hey Rebecca, Jer. 29:11 is one of my favorite scripts. God is awesome and His love for us is unphantomable. I have learned to trust God in a number of areas of my life, but I do find it difficult in the unfamilar, however my life is so entangled with God, because of His track record, I follow along. Great post~
It is definitely a walk of faith to trust Him in new situations. I love the visual of being “entangled” with God- Thank you for sharing that with me!
We CAN trust FULLY int he Lord. His promises NEVER fail. He has never let me down, ever.
Faith is daring your soul to go beyond what your eyes can see.
I love that, Brianna! Thank you for sharing.
Very thought provoking and inspiring! Love the words of trust God with all of your heart, he is your refuge!
I love this post, was needed at the right time.
Thank you for the reminder that trust takes practice. As our family faces new challenges this year, it’s good to reflect on the importance of continuing to trust in Him, and we move forward together. Thanks for the encouraging post!
This reminds me of my 8 month old. He has recently decided that falling backwards is fun. I really have to pay attention and make sure I’m always ready to catch him. It worries me but he’s never worried about it. He knows I’ll catch him. You are so right, we lose that kind of trust as we grow older. I want to have that kind of trust in my Father. Thanks for this great reminder!
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