On a blustery, cold afternoon, the night comforter appeared as if brought by the wind to take away the light of day. The tea kettle was on, and my son stoked the fire totally ready to sit for a supper of onion chicken soup.
We stared at the image and wondered, is it a frog ? Maybe two? An obstructed owl or a crab? The heart spoke out to me. It was a moment to be captured in a photograph.
The trust perk is in knowing that we can sweep the worries out the door and mop it off the floor. Worries leave a dusty trace unkind to any luster. The storms in life are like that.
If the following verse were to be read out loud, one would know the plea so plainly ladened with love, hope, faith, and trust. All in one breadth, it is an answer to prayer.
” Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” __Philippians 4:6-7
In prayer trust is secured through our filters, by our guideposts. We choose them as we go through life. We speak to God, our Father. We trust His Son, Jesus. The perk is to be free of worries.
We are slow to trust or free to open our hearts to what there will be. Trust feels good. Sometimes it can be foolish though ultimately, a page turns and voila, a new beginning… The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker offers a lengthy discussion on survival signals that protects us from violence. It is a marvelous book because it alerts us of being cautious, and that is prudent. These are issues placed on the scale of justice. We learn by taking one step at a time, just as we did that first time we began to try to walk.
To be aware of red flags is certainly encouraged. One of the best visuals was written as far back as 1610 by Cervantes in Don Quixote: ” Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.”
However, on a kinder note, Shakespeare, in All’s Well That Ends Well, wrote : “Love all, trust a few.”
Where are you likely to feel more comfortable? My favorite continues to be the following:
“Trust men and they will be true to you. ” — a quote from Prudence in Essays: First Series, 1841 by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I felt a calling to address this issue because many of my friends have concerns, fears, and worries. Some issues may be like pebbles yet may feel as heavy as boulders inside each heart. I wish to spread the star shine with the comfort of trust in our Lord.
One treasured gift to another is to be trustworthy. Without this quality, the devil has a claw to harm the peace. Humans are flawed yet there is always room for improvement to shine.
” But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” _John 3: 21
I found the wooden twig on the porch after a severe thunderstorm, and I am still so grateful for the gift. I trust in subtle signs. I lean on prayer to ease the feelings that cause a scratch in my heart. I always welcome the hearts that appear.
Please share your thoughts…Thank you.