Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. John 14:1
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow. Romans 15:13
Oh, the joys of those who trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:4
Trust is hard. Trusting, for many of us, is not in our nature. It does not come easily. It makes our stomachs twist, our hands shake and our feet move in the other direction.
Trust, trusting, is not always easy.
Yet, we are called to trust. We are instructed to trust. We are urged to trust.
And when we do, the promise of joy and peace comes.
Sometimes it is tiny steps, unperceivable steps, that we must take to even trust the smallest amount.
We must move ahead, trusting in something that doesn’t really matter, in order to know that we will not be hurt, shamed, denied, hated.
We must take those steps, those movements towards being able to trust, in order for our lives to be filled with the joy God promises us.
No step is too small. No step is too crazy.
To begin to trust that I had a voice, I had to begin by challenging myself to say hello to strangers I passed on the street. With those small, seemingly insignificant steps, God has given me a voice to witness and to preach.
Lord, for all those needing to trust, show them the first step, the smallest step. Help them along the way, as I know you are. Amen.