It’s time for another Five Minute Friday, hosted by the Gypsy Mama. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to join in the fun, but I think I can spare five short minutes today! As the Gypsy Mama explains, “We write because we want to, not because we have to. We write for fun, for joy, for discovery.”.
I’ve actually been thinking a lot about trust lately, without actually thinking of the word “trust.” Does that make sense? Let me explain.
Last week I wrote a post about being committed to Christ. You know what commitment boils down to? Trust. Trust that whoever (or whatever) you are committed to will not fail your expectations. In other words, being committed to Christ requires that I trust Him, fully believe every word of His, and live accordingly.
Last weekend I shared some promises I’d read in Isaiah. They were delightful, reassuring words of deep comfort. They promised that God’s Word would stand forever. That He shepherds us faithfully and lovingly. That He never grows weary of caring for us. That there is truly no one like our God, no one even slightly comparable to Him! Those promises are all true. They are all sure. They are all reasons to trust Him more.
The other day I wrote about carrying burdens. About casting our burdens at Jesus’ feet, and about letting others help us shoulder our heavy weights. That, of course, requires constant trust. Trust in God, who promises to faithfully uphold us with His hand. Trust in the love of Jesus Christ, who loved us enough to pay the ultimate sacrifice in our place, just to bring us back into fellowship with Him. Trust in the whispers of the Holy Spirit, who gently guides us and reassures us and (sometimes not-so-gently) pricks us with conviction. Trust in others of God’s family, trust that they really do love us and care about us and want to help us.
This life requires much trusting. It’s not easy. We like to close ourselves off, hide away from people and from God, hope that by withdrawing we can ignore everything and it will all go away. Right?
But how much better to trust. To find the sweet relief that comes from letting go and handing control over to Someone Else. To find the fulfillment that comes from willingly obeying HIS plan, not fighting for our own ideas. To find the peace that comes from unbroken fellowship with Him.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock” (Isaiah 26:3-4).
Word from the Gypsy Mama: “On Fridays we just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. Won’t you join us?“