Trust

Let me invite you to eavesdrop on a recent conversation with my 4-year-old daughter (who turns 5 tomorrow).
I was teaching her about something, that she didn’t know.  I knew she didn’t know because we hadn’t talked about it before.  It must not have been a very important topic, because for the last several days, I have been trying to remember what the topic was, and I can’t.  But here’s what I do recall.
Me:  Some fact about something Anna didn’t know.
Anna:  Quietly nods her head with a peaceful, knowing look.
Me:  “Did you know that already?”
Anna:  “Yes.”
Me:  “When did I tell you that?”
Anna:  “Right now.”
Wow.  What an example of childlike faith.
The moment Anna’s daddy told her something, she not only heard it, but she believed it and made it apart of what she knows as ‘truth.’
How long does it take me to listen to my Heavenly Father and believe what He is telling me and then receive it as truth?
How often do I read His Letter to me (The Bible) and contemplate and wrestle with it when it has a very simple and straightforward meaning?
Do I ever feel a leading from His Spirit and immediately, with no questions asked, act on it?
But as I stare in the blue eyes of my little girl, I want to do better.  I see her peace because she knows her father wants the very best for her.  She knows I would never teach her something that would hurt her or be harmful to her.
Why can’t we trust our Father, that created us because He wanted a relationship with us, with the same immediate assurance?
The Proverbs and Psalms are full of examples about how trustworthy God is.  Look at Proverbs 30:6
“Every word of God is tested;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”
Romans 8:38-39 gives us an amazingly descriptive picture of how God love is greater than anything we go through, or anyone trying to knock us down.
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God.”

This week, I’m making it a point to listen for God’s prompting, and be ready to do what my daughter did.  Smile.  Have peace.  Do what He asks.
by Andy Lynch
WTLW/WOSN Sports Announcer
FCA Area Rep
Lima, OH
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