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Psalm 25:4-5

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;

guide me in your truth and teach me,

for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long (NIV)

Drench yourself in words unspoken, Live your life with arms wide open,

Today is where your book begins, The rest is still unwritten. ("Unwritten" by Natasha Beddingfield)

It matters not how long we live, but how!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Blind trust

It’s amazing where the Lord will meet you to give you an inspired idea to share with others! The Holy Spirit floors me with His messages! While packing my son’s lunch one day … yes, that’s right, in the middle of packing lunch…then in driving to work later that day…then recalling something I said to a dear friend months earlier – little snippets of time & thought that He then forms them all together into a cohesive message. So, follow me on this journey…

First, the lunch thing thought – ‘won’t he just love it when he opens this lunchbox to find …’ (whatever it was for that day that I know that he loves). And I thought about what level there is in that instance of blind trust he has in me. He knows that when he’s starving by the time lunch rolls around (he’s not a big breakfast eater, no matter how hard I try!), he’s going to open that lunch box and be filled on those things he loves to eat…not things he’s never tried before, not things he completely dislikes, but those things he loves to devour.

Second, the driving to work thought – I was remembering a conversation with my older son about mechanical errors that lead to airplane crashes. And this one went much deeper. Don’t we all get on airplanes simply trusting blindly that everyone on the ground has done what they are supposed to do with correct parts and knowledge and skill? Or when we pick up our car at the repair shop – that the correct repairs were made so the vehicle is safe for our family? Or that the medicine we put in our bodies is going to do what is needed in order to bring healing and it hasn’t been tampered with?

You get my drift.

Then the astounding thought…why can’t we just trust God that way with our lives? Why do we put so much stock in the people who do the work, and not in Him? We are but human, we are all fallible. What if that airline technician forgot one single bolt, but God made it fall right in front of him just before he sealed a panel in place in order to avert a disaster? What if someone had a migraine and tried to take some medicine, but spilled it accidentally in the toilet because the seat was up? Only then to discover with despair at now not being able to take something to alleviate the pain, that because he couldn’t think clearly due to the pain, he accidentally picked up the wrong medicine that it turned out would have harmed him. Or the car mechanic didn’t fix one last thing because he was called away while in the middle of the job and forgot about it by the time he came back to finish things up? But another mechanic came up to ask him advice on how to do it based on what he just completed and he realized he hadn’t finished after all.

Again…you get my drift.

We need to blindly trust that God has His mighty hand in all things involving our lives. It’s hard, I know. And I know that it is more than hard to trust Him when He allows something awful to happen in our lives. I will never pretend to understand why He allows some things to happen on this earth and I get very mad at Him on those. I yell at Him sometimes and start to feel guilty, or like He’s going to strike me dead right there for talking to Him that way. (I sure would never allow my kids to speak to me in such a manner.) Then I’m reminded what I heard once, “Go ahead and get mad and yell at God all you want. He’s the creator of all things. You think for one minute He can’t handle what you have to dish out at Him? Puh-leaze!” But when you think about it, that’s what He wants from us … honest, heartfelt (granted heart-wrenching) open communication from the depths of our souls. Romans 8:26 reminds us that “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” I has so been here before (and I’m sure I will again).

So, after you’re ‘spent’ from letting God ‘have it’, to the point that you’ve completely sapped all that you’re worth, try going a different route and letting go, and blindly trust Him. Don’t just give lip service to Jeremiah 29:11, try taking it to heart. I’m starting to witness it come to fruition in my life. And I think it’s because I finally stopped trying to do things my way, and started just living my life trusting everything about it to Him, and anxiously awaiting these wonderful plans He has for me. Oh okay, I confess … it actually came after yet another sob session/feeling lower than low moments ending with one of those Gibbs head-slap on Tony (yet another NCIS-inspired reference) moments when the Spirit spoke in exasperation right into my very being, “Would you PLEASE stop getting in the way of the plans I have for you!”

To which I replied, “Oh okay, fine, fine, fine! It's definitely NOT working my way. And I just truly give up anyway. I'm tired...I'm just so, so, soooo tired of it all!” And ya know what? It’s turning out to be an amazing ride – starting here! Thank you, Lord!!!


  1. Hi Merana,

    "...why can’t we just trust God that way with our lives? Why do we put so much stock in the people who do the work, and not in Him?" -- These questions blow me away time after time because I don't comprehend God's patience with me.

    I say, "I trust you Lord." But do I really trust God with every facet of my life? I really do want to say "YES!", but I know how often I ask Him to help my unbelief.

    I want to see myself as He sees me, and at times that's hard, embarrassing and painful to do, but I realize that I am still a work in progress; I know so very little.

    I am propelled by faith and hope in who He is (not who I am) and I pray that I honor Him with my life today.

    Blessings and peace...thanks for sharing this post.


  2. Oh how I can relate! I honestly love having that freedom in my relationship with God, when I can throw a temper tantrum, yell, scream, or cry and know that when I'm done he's still going to be there, patiently waiting for me to stop and give him his turn to talk. Of course, over the years I've learned that I can save myself a lot of tears and anger if I'll let him do the talking first - but such is the nature of growing up, I guess.

  3. “Would you PLEASE stop getting in the way of the plans I have for you!”

    Merana, you couldn't have summed it up better for me. My prayer right now in my life is for me to stop STRIVING, and to LET GO, and LET GOD lead, guide, direct me - to do HIS will, and not my own.

    Truly an inspirational post - THANK YOU!


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