When our daughter, Annabelle, was little, she and her daddy had a game they would play at bedtime. It went something like this. My husband would stand at the foot of the bed and turn out the lights. Then, in the dark, he would shout, “Jump! I’ll catch you!” Hesitating, Annabelle would always ask, “But what if you don’t catch me?” And her daddy would respond, “Trust me!” Then, with all her might, she’s run and jump off the end of the bed into his arms.
I love that memory because it shows how much trust Annabelle has in her daddy. It shows the innocence of a child’s heart. She trusts that he cares for her and will do anything to protect her. There is no reason for her not to believe that she is loved.
Somewhere along the way into adulthood, many of us lose that willingness to trust. Trust can be tricky. Some of us have experienced the hurt of having our trust shattered. Unfortunately, the reality of our human condition causes us to falter. There are those moments when we and others show ourselves to be untrustworthy. Having people in our life whom we can trust is a blessing. Having a God we can trust is life-changing.
Life is messy. We get hurt. We judge and reject each other. Sadly, things like abuse and neglect exist; both physical and emotional. All these things cause scars. Our scars make it hard for us to trust. Our scars make it even harder for us to believe in the idea of a holy and perfect God; a God who loves us and cares for us; a God who is worthy of our trust.
I would venture to say that we all, eventually, come to a place where we realize the things of this world do not satisfy. We realize that things like money, status, stuff, etc. are not trustworthy. They give us a temporary fix only to let us down. Too often, they leave us lower than where we started. They offer us a false hope. When we decide we’re tired of being deceived by this world and we’re ready to accept Truth, where do we go?
We go to the One who is not of this world. We go to the One who is trustworthy. To the One who cares. To the One who created us. To the One who knows us and loves us. Our Heavenly Father.
Do you hear Him calling to you in the darkness, “Jump. I’ll catch you!”
Then, you have a choice to make. Will you trust Him and jump? Or will you trust fear and refuse to move?
When fear says, “What if He doesn’t catch me?”,…
Love says, “Trust me!”
Trust that your Heavenly Father loves you and is working things together for your good…even when the darkness makes it hard to see.
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Annabelle (age 2) with her Daddy
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