Trust: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc. of a person, or thing; confidence. (dictionary.com definition)
Trust in God has been a significant theme in my life and in the lives of those around me lately. I look at this definition of trust above and while I am reminded of how many times I rely on the integrity, strength, ability, and surety of the Lord, I am also reminded of how many times I don’t trust Him like I should. For those who believe in Him, I think this trust walk with the Lord will always be something we find great momentum and stride in at times and in other times we’ll find our trust in Him to be lacking in significant ways.
God has boldly asked me to trust Him and rely on His integrity, strength, ability, and surety recently through my role at Bridgehaven and in my personal life as well. To trust Him while I am walking closely with a family who had to say goodbye to their daughter just days after she was born. To trust Him while connecting with a young woman who had changed her mind after taking the first abortion pill and wanted to begin the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol with us at Bridgehaven. To trust Him when a woman who was considering abortion at a very late gestational age didn’t show up to her appointment with us. To trust Him when my grandpa ended up in the hospital. To trust Him when a friend of mine is facing a difficult journey with their child. To trust Him with all the things which still feel like unanswered prayers, all the while knowing He is mightily still at work in ways that maybe I just can’t see right now.
Even though some of these situations listed above are difficult to understand in our humanness, I am brought back to the scripture verse that says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
I don’t have to understand, to try and have all the answers, to try and fix the situation, or to try and take away people’s pain because God is the ultimate answer. Trusting in Him means actively choosing to say, “I will give this over to You, Lord. I will rely on the integrity, strength, ability, and surety of You, oh Lord, because You will make straight our paths. You will give us the courage we need to face whatever comes our way. You will be our light in the darkness. You will be our hope.”
“Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” -Psalm 33:20-22