Learning How to Trust

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5, 6.

blog picture woman hangingA few months ago I was going through a really hard time. A family member had been diagnosed with cancer. She is one of the kindest people I know.  I prayed, but I did not seem to be getting the breakthrough I needed.  So I asked the Lord to help me. Actually, it was more like “Help me Lord! Lord, help me! Help me Lord!” As always He was quick to show me the problem.

Here is what He showed me: I had faith in him as Lord but I was having trouble trusting Him. I believed that Jesus is the Son of God, raised from the dead but I was not trusting Him to help us. I know that sounds stupid, but I had my trust in her doctors.

While I was at prayer, the Lord showed me that I was like a person hanging from the ledge of a building. On one of my hands was written Faith and on the other hand was Trust. In my minds eye I could see Jesus coming to rescue me. “Give me your hand” he said. Dangling from the ledge of the building I pried my “Faith hand” off the ledge and lifted it towards Jesus. “Now give me your other hand.” I could hear him saying in my heart. “Oh no”, I responded. “I’m hanging on to this building.” After a bit I finally realized that I was going to go nowhere, unless I gave him my “Trust hand” also. I could feel the gritty brick under my hand as I reluctantly reached up to the Lord. He quickly took my hands and pulled me up over the ledge. I was ashamed. I told the Lord I was so sorry. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5, 6. 

Another way to look at it would be to think of how we plug things into the wall. All plugs I have at my house have two prongs. One of the prongs could be called “faith” and the other prong could be called “trust”. We need both prongs plugged into the wall to access the power.

So what are some of the things that we can put our trust in other than the Lord? You know these already. But here’s my list: ourselves, others, what we read on the Internet, what somebody told us happened to them, doctors etc. – of and by themselves none of these things are bad, but when we take our trust from the Lord and put it in something lifeless we are not accessing The Lord’s power in the situation. We are hanging from that building. Now every time I come to a crisis point I look at both of my hands- faith and trust.  I say to the Lord “Lord I put all my faith and all my trust in You and your ability to take care of this problem”.

Faith and trust.

The Lord healed our family member. Jesus is Lord!