My twin daughters are different when it comes to reaction to how you handle them. The older one loves to climb on almost anything even though she is afraid of heights. The younger twin does not climb but is never afraid of heights. When it is time to help their mom prepare them for an outing or school, I experience something funny with the older twin in particular. When I put her on the dresser to apply lotion on her body after bath she grabs me with every bit of strength in her and will not let go until I put here down. I could not stop wondering why she finds it hard to trust me to keep her from falling even though we have been doing this for about two months.
On the other hand, the younger twin will stand on the dresser trusting daddy’s decisions all through the processes as long as it lasts. In fact, I sometimes take a few steps back leaving her standing by herself and she never frets but smiles and sometimes jumps into my arms. It’s quite remarkable to see the complete trust she has in me.
Our level of trust in God is different. While most are like the younger twin who trusts daddy and knows daddy is mindful of her will never let her fall off the dresser, others are like the younger twin. Great lesson from the twins.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” –Jesus Christ (John 14:1 New International Version (NIV))
In reality, trusting God when the storm is raging, or when facing monumental obstacles could be challenging. It is also challenging to continue holding on when answers to fervent prayers about something you desire very much is not coming forth. This has led to the rise in short supply of trust.
However, if you look closely, you will discover you exercise trust all the time. You trust the manufacturer of your car so you hop in and out of it at any time, you trust the pilots from takeoff to landing even though you mostly don’t know their ability, who they are or how they look. You trust the banks with funds and other forms of valuable for safe keep or investment.
“Trusting God means that you not only know this God, have experienced Him, but you are now ready to place your life and your future, and perhaps as important, your past, in the hands of this God.” – Faith for Living, INC.
Let’s face it, we live in a world where things are tough. People are facing financial, emotional, professional, and spiritual and health issues. It is okay to be afraid as we are humans. Nonetheless, it is safe to trust in the Lord. Put your trust in Him. He has you in His plan. He has promised never to leave or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5) If you will trust God and keep on moving in faith, He will make a way even when you don’t see a way.
Don’t spend your today fretting on the fears of yesterday. Focus on today’s opportunities to enjoy tomorrow’s possibilities.
Fear breeds mistrust. The tendency to be consumed by past experience of failure or bitter encounters is one you need to resist when it comes to trusting God. My wife and I have been doing our best to help the older twin overcome her fears and trust that we are able to protect her wherever we put her. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
“Look back and thank God. Look forward and trust God. He closes doors no one can open and He opens doors no one can close” – Leomenza
You should trust God and not fear not only because of who He is or because of what He has already done, but also because of what He will and can also do. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 English Standard Version (ESV).