I love the idea of trusting God. I know that He is all-powerful, completely wise, and perfectly loving. He has a plan and He’s in control. Yep! Trusting God feels good! Then my daughter decided to go to college in Chicago. Wait, what?! Okay now this feels different! This is the little girl who used to call her forehead a “headbrow.” This is the little girl who used to play wedding with me where she was the bride and I was both the groom and the pastor. Now she’s going to be out of my reach, away from my protection.
When the stakes seem high, this trusting God thing starts to look a little different. Do I really trust Him with the things that matter most? I guess that’s when my trust gets depth test. I know because I’ve read and been told that she’s more precious to Him than she is to me. But do I believe it? Really believe it? Jesus talked about how the Father takes care of things that he considers less valuable than we are. He points out that birds aren’t farmers, but they still have food to eat, and flowers can’t make clothes but they are clothed beautifully. Then He said, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” We’re all going to have our trust tested many times in life. Whether it’s letting go as a child grows into adulthood, a health crisis, job trouble, strained relationships, or taking a step of faith into a new adventure, Jesus’ words show us the key to building trust seek the Kingdom of God above all else. They also show us why we can trust, with the promise and he will give you everything you need. I hope you and I can lean into these words and let them saturate us and strengthen our trust.