Trust me. Two little words which hold the power to bring strength or destruction. How many times have you heard this only to find that heartache and disappointment follows? I remember playing a game as a child where someone stood behind another person saying those two little words, “Trust me.” The other person falls into their arms. No big deal unless the person in back steps away, and you’re left stumbling across the floor.
As a sponsor for my children at church camps, I saw this game on a larger scale. A platform was constructed three or four feet off the ground where one youth would stand alone with their back to the group who would stand on the ground with arms open wide. Some fell with no hesitation. Others would have to be coaxed. “Come on. Trust us. We’ll catch you,” were the words of encouragement from the kids on the ground. I stood in horror praying I wouldn’t have to do it! But eventually those who hesitated were convinced there was no way the others would allow them to suffer any harm.
Life sometimes presents situations which test our trust levels on a much larger scale than these games. At times it may feel as if we are standing at the top of a tremendous cliff instead of a small platform. At the bottom stands God, holding out His vast arms of love, and saying, “I’ve got you. It will all be OK. You’ve just got to trust me.” I’ve always believed the Bible and God’s promises. I know that He has a plan, and in all things God works for the good of those that love Him. Yet do I fully trust Him? When life is difficult, can I trust that He is still in control or am I trying to climb down from the cliff unwilling to fall into His strong arms?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 NIV) God has whispered this scripture to me for months beginning with a scripture printed on a journal I received as a Christmas gift from an encouraging friend. It seems as days pass that it pops up more frequently. I believe He was preparing me for the cliff that I have been standing on for some time believing that I trust Him, but not fully willing to act on that trust and fall in His arms.
Trust does not come easily. It often means letting go of everything we know to be rational, letting someone else have control, and hoping they carry through. The good news is we can trust God. His word is true and has stood the test of time.
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.” (Psalms 28:7 NIV) Whatever cliff you find yourself position on, take that leap of faith and trust Him. You may be faced with many uncertainties and difficulties which may not be what you had planned, but your strength and help can be found in the Lord. He’s got you, and everything will be OK. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1 NIV)
Are you willing to fall from that high cliff of uncertainty and trust Him to catch you? Or will you walk away relying on your own abilities?
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