by Dagny Darnell
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 NIV
I’ve never been a good swimmer. So when I attempted to save my four-year-old son after he’d come barreling down a slide into the deep end of a friend’s pool, it’s a miracle we both didn’t drown. In truth, we might have, if my friend hadn’t seen my peril and come to our rescue.
But what really sticks out to me about that whole harrowing adventure was my son’s reaction to it all. As we went under and came up, and I beat the water furiously with one arm, gasping and sputtering only to go under again and again, my son was completely relaxed. He never struggled or cried, only held onto my neck as he might have if we were walking in a park. Unlike me, he had absolutely no fear. It was as if he had never doubted for one minute that I, his faithful mother, would bring him safely to the pool’s edge.
Jesus said, “You will never get into God’s kingdom unless you enter it like a child” (Luke 18:17 CEV). Jesus is talking about humility here, but I also believe there is something else at play. The childlikeness God desires also speaks of trusting him from the heart, having total confidence that he will do what he said regardless of what circumstances arise.
It is all well and good to trust God when everyone is healthy, when all the bills are paid, and when the path ahead is strewn with sunshine and roses. But what happens when the promised trials come our way? What do we do at a layoff or a divorce or a child’s death? Do we cling to a faithful Father, or do we kick and scream in panic? Do we flounder out there in the middle of a turbulent ocean, or do we trust him to bring us to the other side? I’ve done both, and I can tell you, trusting is definitely the better route.
This heart-trust is already in every believer (don’t our hearts cry Abba, Father?). It’s called faith. When we yield to our faith, the holy, mighty God of the universe is well able to bring us across, above, and through anything that comes our way.
One wise minister said, “Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation”—holding onto our Father’s neck instead of flailing in our own strength. When we invest our heart-trust in him, he will bring us safely to the other side come hell or high water.
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About the author: Dagny Darnell is privileged to share God’s hope and peace with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women as a minister, musician, and mentor. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her family. Currently, she has one children’s picture book about spreading the love of the gospel called Shine, which is also available on Amazon.
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