Remember the “Trust Fall” game? Where you fell backwards into the arms of someone else, trusting they would catch you? Did they catch you? Well of course they did! So, if we can trust a human being to catch us, why can’t we trust God? It dawned on me recently that we are not taught how to trust God, exactly. It’s kind of an enigma.
At two different monumentally hard times in my life, I have explained to others that what I was going through was an exercise in “taking one day at a time.” I qualified that by saying, “It’s an exercise in trusting God just for that day.” Many of you know exactly what I mean. But what does that look like played out in real life?
Just like in the “Trust Fall” game, I have fallen (by way of letting go) knowing God was right there to catch me. As a result, I never hit the ground except in purposeful prayer. There was always something or someone, in the form of His servant or a song, quote, etc., to lift me up, encourage me, cook a meal, pay a bill, or comfort me with a hug. That was God. Sometimes a season of trial can feel like it will never end. We question why things have to be so hard. Our feeble minds have trouble understanding. We start feeling sorry for ourselves. And that is the father of lies, by the way. The devil wants you to feel regret and failure and pity. It’s good to process your feelings and vent to someone trusted. Be sure, though, to shake that off once you have processed it and not let satan steal your joy. Look to God. Ask Him for help. Ask Him to show you what trust looks like. Tell Him you need a break. He is right there listening. He is right there having compassion on you. He is working things out for your good. He wants you to succeed. He wants you to trust in the same way you trust your best friend or parent or sibling is going to show up when they said they would be somewhere. Only better! Believe it.
Now, clear your mind for this mental exercise…Imagine yourself in some comfortable, familiar setting standing with God behind you. Imagine asking Him if He’s ready to catch you. Imagine the smile on your face as you laugh in anticipation of the fall. Now, fall! Go! You can do it! Feel the space in the air as you let go. Then feel Him catch you in His incredible arms of love. Wrapped up tightly, secure in His grasp. Now imagine both of you laughing together at such a silly exercise. Because you both knew He would never let you hit the ground.
It’s time to let go and let God. He’s right there, with His open arms of love, waiting for you to trust Him.
In His love,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5,6
Dedicated to Lynne. Thank you for encouraging me to write today when I might have otherwise taken a break. To God be the glory!