What does it mean to trust? In this society, it is a difficult thing to do. We have identity theft, terrorism threats, politicians failing us, a poor economy, and the never-changing failure of relationships. So, how do we trust? Who do we trust?
My personal life recently has been rocked by a book I have been reading called Grace For the Good Girl. It’s a book about how we so often wear masks and pretend everything is “fine.” We don’t let our guard down to anyone in case they might see the “real me” and reject me. I can’t let anyone know I am hurting, failing, or just not doing well. I have worn masks like this for far too long. I have been unable to trust because for too long, trust has been violated.
We have all been there. We have all been hurt. It is an unfortunate reality. So, what do we do? Who do we turn to?
I am so thankful that I have a heavenly Father who has NEVER failed me! He has been the constant. I have tried to wear my masks with Him but he has a way of lovingly removing them and allowing me to just be me. He has found a way to sneak into my heart and show me the love I am screaming for behind that mask. He has been the one I can trust.
When the world around me is shattering or crumbling, I know, I can put my trust in Him. Like it says in Psalm 37:7, “I can be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” When evildoers succeed around me, I “don’t have to fret” as it says in vs. 1. I know, that He will provide a place of safety for me and allow me to “enjoy safe pasture” (vs. 3) even if I have been violated. He is the only thing or person I can fully trust.
Others will always fail me, no matter how close they are to me. I know, however, that He will never fail me. I know He will be my constant rock and refuge. Even in the times when I have failed others, or worse, failed Him, He always responds with love and grace. He chooses to embrace me, even in my frailty and failures.
As we approach Christmas and all the hustle and bustle that brings with it, I encourage you to take a moment and sit quietly before Him. Scootch into Him and allow Him to love on you. As a Loving Daddy toward His children, allow Him to take pleasure in who He created you to be. He so longs for you to open your heart to His embrace and His pleasure. Allow Him to be your peace this season and beyond.
Tricia (Vandevaarst) Short lives in Arizona where she serves in ministry with her husband, Paul (check out Unseen Ministries). A New Jersey native, she attended Delanco Camp as a teenager.