Trust. Learning to trust God sounds simple yet is deeply profound. In this season of life, trust is my theme. I’m realizing trust is not intended as a trite word tailor-made for simpleton’s who don’t have a clue in life. Trusting God takes you into the details of life and learns to hand each detail to Jesus and say, “You are good. You have good in store for my life. You care more about this detail than I do, and I get to see it work out and call it good.”

Deep trust allows for vulnerability, honesty, and authenticity. Practicing these virtues keeps your heart alive and functioning! Processing pain and grief is evidence of loving well. People are made to give their hearts fully in everything we do. And giving is full of risk. I believe this is one reason the Holy Spirit is called the comforter. Contrary to popular opinion God does not celebrate when you are in pain. He doesn’t enjoy a person’s crisis. He knows it happens to all humanity, which is why He reveals Himself in the Holy Spirit as a comforter, not a tormentor.

I love Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understand; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Many quote this verse in times of challenge to quickly remind themselves of God’s bigness. However, if you really think about this verse, it is so counterintuitive to how most live day-to-day. The author says, don’t trust what makes sense to you from a human point-of-view. Rather, let the Holy Spirit reveal the mind of Christ in you and then you will see the circumstance from God’s perspective.

At this point the ways of God make perfect sense while the ways of man look a bit odd. The more you trust what you hear God speak to your heart through His word and by His Spirit the easier it is to live and move by faith. You become convinced that God will perform His word; therefore, you move in His direction without question because you know His nature. Trust is the foundation for a life of faith. And living by faith sets us free from owning anxiety and fear with the “what if’s” of life. Let’s ask God to teach us to trust Him one baby step at a time and enjoy the gift of life!