There are times in our life when we are called to trust and for many of us that can be very very difficult. It may be that we have been badly let down and disappointed and have had our trust betrayed so many times in the past. When we enter into a situation in which we perhaps need to trust it is as if we are ‘steeling’ ourselves for what the inevitable ‘let down’ or ‘betrayal’ will be like.
I’ve been thinking and praying about that a lot. It strikes me that when we enter into situations in that way we are diminished in our capacity to engage freely as a human being. And it doesn’t just have an impact on friendships or relationships with people; it also has an impact on our relationship with God because we can find it hard to trust him too.
We may understandably seek to be wise and discerning about trusting friends if we have been hurt and disappointed in the past. But God never lets us down. He makes so many promises to us. That doesn’t mean we won’t have wilderness experiences or sometimes stumble and fall. It does mean though that he will never leave us and there is nothing that can separate us from his love, nothing, We love because God first loved us. And perfect love casts out all fear.
Our beginning and our ending have to be in God. It is from trusting God and casting all our cares upon him that we are released to be fully human and all that we might be. It is from trusting God that we might find strength to take those small faltering steps to trust others perhaps with a wiser head on and with the ability to speak out.
Dare to trust…dare to trust God with me, because believe me I know how hard it can be to trust at times. May we have the courage to journey with Christ even to the cross and know the light of his resurrection and that newness of life.