Monday, February 8, 2016

The Power Of Trust

By Andrea Merrell

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

With tears in my eyes, I watched as my husband bent to rescue our little terrier. He was lying on the side of a busy highway after being hit by a car.

As my husband got closer and reached out his hand, the pup slowly opened one eye with a look that said he knew help had arrived. But as soon as the pup was touched, he reacted violently—snarling, growling, and baring his teeth. We had to use a heavy blanket to pick him up to keep from getting mauled.

The sad part of this story is that the victim didn’t understand we were only there to help him. Apparently, all he knew was pain and distress, and he attacked the ones who loved him most.

That event made me think back to times when I was wounded—emotionally and mentally. Times when I was hurting so much that I rejected and blasted the people who tried to help me—the ones who loved me most. And the ones who least deserved my response.

It’s easy to stop trusting when we’ve been hurt, rejected, or betrayed. We harden our hearts, build walls, and refuse to let anyone in—even God.

Reaching out to others and allowing them to come to our rescue starts with a decision. Is it risky? Yes. Is there a chance we might be hurt even more? Absolutely. But we’ll never know until we try.

One thing, however, is certain: When we take a leap of faith, open our hearts to God, and cry out to Him to help us, He will always come through. That is the power of trust.

(Photos courtesy of Miles/Dynamite Imagery.)


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