Do you ever experience the same word or thought in your entire day. So far today I’ve encountered the word “Trust” in no less than 3 places unrelated to each other. The first instance was in an email thought for the day type devotional that I get daily. It read in part:
This is a Receiving/Accepting Affirmation in the second week of the month.
Make this a splendid day!
I am ready right now to live in trust.
Even a very powerful person can feel or think as a victim
from time to time, falling into a trap of agreed-upon
(consensus) reality. Victim consciousness is prevalent –
a weakened and distorted view of the world. This
observation exercise that I suggest is important for the
remaining weeks in this month of Trust. And remember
to be gentle with yourself and others, regardless of what
you observe. This exercise is not intended as an
invitation to judge, but as an invitation to observe and
evolve, so that you can live more fully what you desire to
)0( Copyright Jeanie Marshall, Empowerment Consultant
Ok, that explains my rant the other day. Then I get to work and find this a couple hours later:
Trusting is like holding out our hand in peace to the stranger next to us, not knowing if they will grasp our hand with love or slap it away. Will you be the first to hold out your hand? If it is slapped away, will you hold it out again, or turn to someone else? If your hand is held in love, will you continue to offer it to other strangers? How will you decide in the future whom you hold your hand out to? Why hold it out at all? What is gained, what is lost? All of these questions arise each time we trust, yet we continue to hold out our hands, because God calls us to trust, and to trust again. Being with God is not a passive stance; God’s hand reaches out, and we reach back, trusting that it will not be slapped away. Practicing trusting is practicing being with God.
The issue of trust pervades our life on multiple levels. We start out trusting, then learn not to trust, then try to regain a sense of trust, not just once in a linear fashion, but over and over again as we circle through each stage of our lives. Can we trust our parents, our friends, our lovers, our coworkers? What about our religious leaders? Can we trust ourselves to know and do the things that are best for us? Can we trust God? The commitment to a faith community, to the spiritual journey itself, to companionship, or to this writing practice are all indications of willingness to trust. Most of us have had positive experiences of trusting, as well as painful experiences of the violation of that trust. Placing our trust in someone or something makes us vulnerable. Sometimes the temptation is strong to not take any risks at all. The decision to not trust at all means not moving closer to God. Another path open to us involves paying attention and learning from the consequences of trusting, both painful as well as joyful, which helps us more clearly discern the spiritual path toward God. We gain wisdom in these lessons of trustworthiness; we learn what is worthy of our trust, and what is not. Sorting out what risks are worth taking from the risks that bring only harm, we cultivate the willingness to trust God, to hold out our hand (Sarah Stockton)
Do you think the universe is trying to tell me something? How else do you explain these little nudges along the same theme all day? I’ve never been able to explain this phenomenon to myself, but it happens quite frequently JUST when I need a word of some kind. Freaky.
John 14:1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.