My grandson Richard is a vivacious child who brings so much joy into our lives. I think back to a few years ago when he was about three years old and spending the night at my house. I was finishing my evening by straightening the house, and the last thing on my list was to take the trash out. I told Richard he could stand inside the doorway of our den and wait for me while I took out the trash. I explained that I would be right back.
I will never forget the horrified look on his little face; he looked like he was about to cry. I asked him to come with me, but he wouldn’t. It had just gotten dark outside, and I had some little stepping stones that led a trail to the trash barrel. I knew I had to get Richard to trust me; so I told him that once I stepped on a stone, I would then tell him when to take his step. We finally started out down the path, and he put his hand into mine.
I told him I would never let anything happen to him. Instantly, his little hand relaxed; and although he was still worried, he wasn’t terrified. We took one stone at a time until we got to our destination. I tossed the bag into the trash can, swung Richard into my arms and headed back to the safety of house. I was so humbled by his trust in me. Sometime later, I found out in a conversation with Richard that the reason he was so worried was because he was afraid that a “ninja” was going to get me.
He had been watching his Uncle’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Richard’s trust in me reminds me of how Jesus wants us to trust Him – like little children. Jesus has never failed me. I want to always trust Him in every area of my life. He alone is worthy of my ultimate faith, whether I can see my next step or not. There have been seasons in my life when I couldn’t see the next stepping-stone on my path; but as long as I hold Jesus’ hand, I know I am safe. The longer I know Him, the more assured I am that I can trust Him every step of the way.
“We live by faith, not by sight.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)
“Father, I thank You that You are always with me. Please always remind me that I can trust You in every season of my life. Right now tell me what I need to hand over to You in complete faith, including…”
Jeannie De La Garza