Did you ever play the trust game when you were in school? If not, it was more of an object lesson where the teacher would have all the students stand in one area. One person would then turn their back to the group, cross their arms, and free-fall backwards while several designated "catchers" were there to keep the person from hitting the ground.
I never liked that game. It's not easy to put your complete trust in someone else...unless it is Someone who is trustworthy.
Fast forward to adulthood. I have been given so many "opportunities" to free fall into God's arms. All the feelings I had as a child with the above-mentioned game are still there, but what I am learning is that God is trustworthy 100% of the time.
He will never, ever drop you. Oh, it may seem like it sometimes. Perhaps your loved one will not recover from that illness, or your bank account get any larger. You may still lose that job or be forced to move, but even through those difficulties, God's got you. You may not realize it, but you are actually being carried through those times, and only those things which have a greater purpose can touch you.
Over the last year alone, I have learned that God does care that my daughter and her family have a house literally crumbling, and then out of nowhere, in a miraculous way, sends a solution; not necessarily an amazing one short-term, but somehow in God's mathematical genius, a better one than what we could have come up with on our own.
He does care about the tiny unborn baby with a Downs Syndrome diagnosis and suspected multiple holes in her heart. Oh, yeah. She was born on Tuesday and has no holes and her Downs is not particularly apparent. God is good, yes?!
Or how about that unanswered prayer of thirty some-odd years? Yep...He worked that out in His timing as well. My 150 Days of Psalms devotional book will come out next year. He never ceases to amaze me.
What is it you are waiting on? Are you trusting God in the process or wasting precious time and energy frustrated with His perceived absence?
What are you holding onto that God is asking you to lay down? Could it be He has something even better but won't give it to you until you are obedient?
Taking Comfort in His Word
I realize it is not always easy to trust blindly, especially if you are new to the faith or are just discovering God for the first time. So, let me give you some scriptures that have often reminded me of God's goodness and love.
Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! - Psalm 40:4
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
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. - Proverbs 20:7
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. - Psalm 143:8
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28
God is trustworthy. He has never failed and He never will, so the next time He asks you to step out in faith, wait for His timing, or hand over something you're holding tightly onto, be obedient. He's got you. The outcome will be better than the perceived losses.