Many years ago, when my children were young, I remember standing in the swimming pool with my arms extended trying to coax my frighten child to jump into my waiting arms.
Throughout the years, this scenario played out with each of my children, as they stood on the side of the pool contemplating whether they would trust me.
I can still hear myself trying to gain their confidence as I spoke reassuringly, “I will catch you. I won't let you fall. You won't go under. Trust me."
Some children need more assurance than others as they tremble at the edge of the pool mulling over the idea to trust or walk away.
Eventually, most children will take the leap into their parent's waiting arms choosing to trust even when they don't fully understand how the whole thing is going to play out.
In our relationship with the Lord, we can be like that scared child on the edge of the pool. The Lord is staying, "Trust Me in this situation! Even though you don't understand, just Trust Me!"
In my walk with the Lord, I've been in this place. The Lord is calling me to jump, and I want to run the other direction. He gently urges me to step out and move in a new area—sometimes outside my comfort zone, and I question His ability to keep me safe.
I can almost see His arms outstretched, but—I just don’t understand. So, I usually do one of two things, run or fight!
In my life, I've run away plenty and fought the wooing of the Lord when He’s tried to encourage me into a new area of ministry. Sometimes He’s asked me to come alongside someone in need but I’ve felt inadequate to help, or He’s trying to stretch me in my giving opportunities while I'm holding my fist tightly closed.
I may not have said these words out loud, but I sure have thought them...BUT LORD, I DON'T UNDERSTAND!
Maybe this week you have been struggling with trusting the Lord in an area of your life. Here's a few reminders from His Word.
- We are not forsaken--Psalm 9:10 ESV
And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
- Don't fret--God's got this--Isaiah 41:10 ESV.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Blessings follow trusting--Jeremiah 17:7-8 ESV
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Sometimes, we just aren't going to understand everything, yet God still wants us to trust. Take the leap and trust that He will catch you.
…even when you don’t understand.