Trust…it’s been coming at me from all directions lately, especially in books. Trusting God seems to be a lesson He never tires of, or at least one I need to learn over and over again.
…In One-Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, which I am slowly nibbling my way through bit by bit. Her observation that lack of trust—letting stress take over—is “practical atheism” brought me up short.
…In Lauraine Snelling’s Whispers on the Wind, when young Cassie struggles to trust God after a frightening accident, and “What if He lets something bad happen again?” I can relate. Yet at the end she makes the choice to trust Him, reminding me that it is indeed a choice, albeit one I often only make when I am too exhausted by the strain of nottrusting to keep it up any longer. In Cassie’s story, the wisdom and love of Mavis, an older woman who has learned the trust lessons over years of life’s ups and downs, joys and tears, helps the young heroine take that yielding step. And I know the author herself does not preach “trust” glibly—Lauraine has seen plenty of heartache in her life to know of what she speaks. Or perhaps rather, to know the God of whom she writes.
…In my own manuscript, when I looked back at the ending the other night—there too my heroine finally lets go, taking that step from fear to faith. Amazing how easy it is to forget something you wrote yourself. 🙂
…In the Bible—surprise, surprise. This morning I read from Psalm 37: “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness...Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday.” Familiar verses, but again, so easily I forget.
“You have been my help,” says David in Psalm 27. And He has, for me too, so many times, even in my less than three decades. So when new waves and breakers threaten yet again, Lord Jesus, help us look not at them but at You.
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the LORD.” ~ Psalm 27:13-14