Trust – Certainly a word that we are all familiar with, Dictionary.com defines it this way… “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.” To be quite transparent with you today… our ability to embrace “TRUST”… depends on which side of this picture we are standing on. As the one doing the catching, we are confident in our abilities, we desire the person who is jumping to know that we are confident and capable of keeping them from harm.
As the one doing the jumping, TRUST is a little more difficult to embrace. We worry about the abilities of those we are trusting to catch us.
What I think is also worth noting is that what is in store for the little boy jumping in this picture is all positive… it is going to be an experience that he will enjoy and even seek to repeat. Yet he is hesitant… will my dad catch me? Does he have the strength to hold me up? The truth is, that little boy… as much as he wants to believe all those things will never know for sure until he JUMPS.
The Christian life is much like this picture… God invites us to trust Him in ALL THINGS… whether that is in the area of serving, or witnessing or going through a trial or period of testing. But there are always certain things in our lives that we stand on the brink of wanting to jump, but hesitating because we are not sure that the promises that God has made to us are enough to “catch us”.
In those moments that I stand on the brink, wanting to jump, but lacking the faith to take the leap… I remember a great truth that I was reminded of again yesterday. “Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
When it is time to TRUST in the abilities and promises of God, I must take into account the fact that He has already proven Himself to me. As you go forward in this journey we call Living the Christian Life… there are times that we will need to TRUST God and take that “Leap of Faith”… but it is not an illogical step to take…. it is expressing TRUST in a God who has already proven His love and abilities to us. So go ahead… JUMP WITH CONFIDENCE.