28 July 2008

"Do you trust me?"

Blame it on the little ones, but the other day, in all my recent frustrations about moving on and how exactly to go about that, my mind just kept going back to the movie 'Aladdin'. The part where Aladdin shows up outside Jasmine's balcony and invites her to go for a ride with him... on the magic carpet. And he simply looks her in the eye, hand stretched out and says:
"Do you trust me?"
And she knows that she must decide. Should she take the chance of a lifetime and see all this Prince has to offer? or stay within the confines of her structured palace, settling for a 'comfortable' life full of certainty?
And all week long, I kept hearing this very question asked of me.
"Do you trust Me?"
Only it's not 'Prince Alla-b00-boo', rather it's the Prince of Peace. Ruler over all of creation. Mighty hand stretched out to me, challenging me:
"Jessica, do you trust Me?"

And you'd think by now I would know.

That it would be an almost instinctive "Yes! Of course!"

Of course, I would know that I could entrust my life and my heart to the very One who formed them.

That 'the One Who loved me enough to die for me could be absolutely trusted with the total concerns of the life that He saved'.

And that even though He doesn't promise it to be a smooth ride, He promises to hold my hand the whole way through.

You'd think I'd be ready to take that leap of faith. Right into His arms, wherever they may take me. On the ride of a lifetime. Full of hope. Promise. Peace.

But, you'd be amazed at what fear can do.


Chanda said...

I know what you mean. One of the youth from our church was sharing yesterday about their past mission trip. He said that he had been praying that God would give him a deeper trust. "I realized this week," he said, "that God doesn't just put trust in our hearts. He gives us an opportunity to be trusting, so that we will grow to trust." Simple but profound. And I completely identified.
Thanks for sharing!

Brad and Shana said...

Oh Jess, I'm right there with you. In our heads, we do trust but when it comes to putting that trust in action, sometimes I get tripped up, or better said paralyzed.

I'll be praying for you to trust in the One who loves you.

Luanne said...

Hi Jessica--thanks so much for replying and sharing yourself in your comment. Trusting--we just get in the way, hey and than I wonder--trusting an all powerful, all knowing, completely loving God should be the easiest thing in the world--not. Remember--we are on a journey--little bit more of faith every day!

Mom said...

As Emery would say, "TAKE MY HAND!"


Anonymous said...

That reminds me of a song a wrote about 10 years ago (gulp, has it really been that long) with that same theme. Trusting in Him is so hard for some reason no matter how much we mess things up on our own.

Anonymous said...

Whoops, that should be "a song I wrote."

jodi said...

I love how your mind thinks! :)