Clear trust

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
― Corrie ten Boom

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(a dense fog closes in on the light / Julie Cook / 2015)

That’s what it’s all about isn’t it. . .trust.
And we really don’t like trust do we?
Because we’d rather control wouldn’t we?

Because if we control, then we don’t have to trust.
And if we don’t have to trust, then we can just know (perhaps assume) that things are going to be done as we would have them done, as we don’t particularly like having to trust someone else to do what we know is going to be done right, right?

Can we make certain that things are always done right?
Yes, but only if we do them, right?
Because that’s the only way we’d do these things in the first place, as in right, right?
And of course we don’t have to trust ourselves to do things right because we know ourselves and we, only us, know how to do things right, right?
And we don’t have to trust anyone else because we can just do it all ourselves because we always do it right anyway, right?

And of course we’re going to want it to be our way, because our way is really the best way, the right way and the only way. . .right?
Because if we have to leave it to others, then we’d have to trust others to do things and. . .we just don’t “do” trust remember because we “do” control.
We make certain that we will be doing all things, only as we would do them, of which of course, is the right way and the only way. . .right?
Because we’ve always known that if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself, right?

And if, say, this something which needs doing, is something that’s to be happening in advance or in the future. . .then the questions begs.. .how do we really know it’s actually going to be happening in the first place?
How do we know it’s really going to take place?
How do we know we’ll actually get to do whatever it is we’re to be doing if it’s in the future, and knowing there’s no guarantee about that whole future business, as it’s in the future, we’ve got problems, right?

And of course the answer to all of this is, we don’t know.
And as we don’t know the future, what we do know is that there are no guarantees in that whole future business. . .
We just simply trust it’s all going to take place.
We simply trust it’s all going to go on like it normally does and normally should.

Which brings us all back around to that word again, trust.

But remember, we don’t like trust, preferring control and yet. . .we have to trust because we can’t see into the future, which in turn means we simply just have to trust we have a future.
We have to trust in what we think is the unknown, because really there’s no other way, right?
So we agree, right?
There’s simply no getting around the fact that we can’t control the future, right?

Well. . .I suppose we certainly think that perhaps we can lay out the ground work to pretty much have the future as we’d like it to be, prefer it to be, hope it to be, guarantee it to be, right?

Yet that whole best laid plans deal really isn’t a guarantee is it?
As this whole life thing is pretty much open to chance right?
Of course we work really hard to lay a plan, plot a course, chart the waters, setting it all into motion. . .we do this for this, then that for that, because it’s all suppose to follow one step right after another. . .falling all into place making certain we get to where we’re going as we had planned right?

That’s control, right?
But life, what’s that?
That is not control.
Life is life and life happens. . . and when life happens control gets jack-knifed and trust shows back up.
Because in essence we really don’t have much control in this life now do we?
Yet we do have trust.
Trust doesn’t get jack-knifed.
It’s just always steadfastly there, waiting in the wings.
Control, not so much.
And here we are, once again, reminded that we don’t really like to trust, preferring to control because we think we can control, control. . .
However we can’t really do that now can we?
So once again, here we are back to trust.

And that’s all God asks in the first place. . .that we put our trust in Him for it is the Lord your God who is in total control. . .and so. . . now we understand, right?
We understand that we need to simply trust because it is God who is in control, not us, and He has asked one simple thing of us. . . “Trust me”

“But blessed is the
one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8

5 comments on “Clear trust

  1. Lynda says:

    Letting go and trusting the Lord is certainly not easy; however, the paradox is that when we are able to let go, we experience incredible freedom as we trust and leave everything in the hands of God. How blessed we are to love and serve a loving God!

    • I write this as I find myself looking at my own issues with trust–that of trusting God right about now—I need to let go, letting Him do what He does best—being God. . .I need to keep reminding myself that I’m not qualified for such….

  2. Yeppers, you hit the human condition of wanting to be in control and not trusting a higher power squarely on the head! I have to work on this ALL the time. Our mamas and schools teach us to be autonomous but then we have to learn to let go and let God. No wonder we’re conflicted on this issue. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  3. ColorStorm says:

    Hey jewels-

    So east for a child to trust. A 3 year old daughter stands atop a car roof, and dad says ‘jump’ with his arms extended wide. Sure she may hesitate for a second, but instinctively she trusts her father.

    The older we get, the more of this instinct disappears, then we need to be reminded that yes, our Father can be trusted with anything, even the unknown. He is in the ‘sacred trust’ business, and He appreciates all our meager deposits.

    Then we have that hymn: ‘Oh for grace to trust Him more…………..’

    good post here

    • thank you my colorful nick—I have a task ahead of me tomorrow and will face a rather pushy pompous obstacle —setting up care for my dad and stepmom —there are dynamics in her family, a family that is “there” while we are “here” —a delicate balancing act where I want to stay calm, focused and in control, not getting pushed around or succumbing to brash and overbearing—oh me. . .
      Thank you!!!

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