But hope means that we must trust and wait for what is still unseen. Romans 8:24 (TPT)
Trust Is – What’s Next Series – Part 4
Trust is a tough one. It takes a long time to build and can be lost in a single moment. It’s risky. It's uncertain (hence its nature…). We could lose a lot, maybe even everything.
But what’s the alternative to “trusting?”
If hope means waiting and trusting, trust means faith and grace. It’s the belief that there is more going on here than there is evidence for, and employing grace and boldness to search it out. It's vital for the in-between moments of life where we’re asking “what’s next?”
I wonder if Mary doubted her encounter with the Angel? I can imagine her questioning it in the middle of hard times, like being refugees in Egypt, and watching her son – the promised Savior – die on a Roman cross. Was God breaking trust with her? Did she waver in her trust of him?
If Mary was anything like me – and I’m going to take a wild guess and say that she may have been; we are both humans – then I would say, yep, she wavered. Big time. How could she have continued to trust God while watching the blood and life slowly leak out of her son's body?
Because that’s what trust does.
It doubts, it asks questions; it has a good old cry, it drinks too much coffee, it meditates and prays… it waits. It hopes.
It engages the in-between – the day after the Big Day, the aftermath of tragedy or glory – with the belief that there is still more for me (us) to come.
Yes, trust is easily broken. And the temptation to trust less and less, the longer we live and the more experiences we have, is huge. And with some people, you need to be wise with trust. But with the Divine? The great challenge of our lives is to KEEP ON trusting, to keep our hearts and minds OPEN, and to believe that there is more going on here than we know.
It’s easy to think Mary's questions and doubts from the Cross would have been answered with her son's resurrection… but think again. The people believed, and the Angel told her, that Jesus would rule over the house of Jacob (Luke 1). They thought the coming Messiah would win back their freedom, conquer Rome, and see their land returned.
But as we read in scripture, Jesus ascended into the Heavens having achieved none of that.
Did Mary and Jesus's followers still trust him? Were they disappointed? Felt abandon and betrayed?
Do you? When things don’t work out the way you thought they would, or if you feel like there is nothing left for you to do?
And yet as hard as it is, trust is what we need right now. Trust is what is going to get us out of bed in the morning. It’s going to keep us engaged and telling our story. It’s going to whisper to us “you can do it, keep on going…” and yell, “don’t shrink back, there is more to come.” It's going to figure out how we can move forward, because, before any evidence of it being possible, it knows we can.
It could be any number of things.
Trust that through it all, God is not playing chess with your life, or the lives of others. Rather you can trust that he is present in every moment.
Emmanuel, God with us. (Isa 7:14).
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