…”I can state unequivocally that childlike surrender in trust is the defining spirit of authentic discipleship…I would add that the supreme need in most of our lives is often the most overlooked… the need for an uncompromising trust in the LOVE of God…there are times when it is good to go to God as might a ragged beggar to the King of kings, it is VASTLY superior to approach God as a little child would approach his or her papa.” (emphasis mine)
In the preceding paragraph he had asked one of his friends to define the Christian life in a single sentence, the friend quickly said… “I can define it in a single word: TRUST.”
When Jesus was asked how to “hasten the the advent of the Kingdom of God?” He said “Trust in God and trust in me.” (John 14:1) “Trust was not some feature out at the edges of Jesus’ teaching; it was its heart and center. This and only this would bring on speedily the reign of God.”
Trust is so foundational – yet can be so fleeting. The minute something goes wrong or not according to plan I begin to worry, wringing my hands and crying. There have been times in my life when the situation was hard enough that I got pretty close to the camp of “Despair”. Age and experience has help me to be closer to full and complete trust in my God of Love yet I long for it to be the very air I breathe.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good!” Do I remember this when sickness lingers, relationships struggle, financial trouble looms on the horizon? I want to! Do I turn to the God of the Universe who created each star and planet and all that dwells upon the earth when it seems that the world has tilted to the ugly side where war and hatred run rampant? I want to! Do I think about the fact that the Lord of the Heavens is keeping a place for us in His mansion when life seems short yet too hard to manage? I sure want to! Yet my struggles seem so small and insignificant next to a person who lives in poverty, filth, ruin.
Trust comes hard at times! It is a lifetime of work, of laying down burdens, self-will, anger, hurt, frustration and a taking up of the Goodness of God – remembering His kindness, mercy, unending love.
We are praying for a close relative who is going through some major health issues right now. I thought of her as I listened to the words from a favorite worship song…”Savior lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever you will lead me. Take me deeper then than my feet would ever wander and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.” There are times when we have no control over the trials in our life other than the decision of how we are going to get through them. That is when our TRUST IN THE LORD is the calm in the storm!
I am trusting thee Lord Jesus
Never let me fall
I am trusting thee forever
and for all!