Dear TLS Community,
One well known builder used to have an advertising catch cry, “Trust is a must”. Currently we are being asked to trust what the politicians are telling us in order to gain our vote in the federal election.
We place our trust in someone or something every day. I trust that the technicians have serviced my car with integrity when I need to brake suddenly. Parents trust teachers to give their children the best possible education and children trust their parents implicitly to care for and love them.
Sometimes trust is misplaced and when we are let down, we are hurt, angry and feel unable to trust in that situation or person again. Imagine how the little 7 year old Japanese boy feels now after his parents let him out into a forest with bears following a misdemeanour. He spent the night in a hut in the cold. Will he ever really trust his parents again? (or perhaps he’ll be very well behaved in the future!)
In the sport of NASCAR there are individual drivers for every race car and for every driver there is a spotter.
The spotter is a team member with a radio who is placed in a high position where they can see as much of the entire race track as physically possible – usually on top of the highest grandstand. His or her primary job is to make sure the driver is safe during the race and to be a second set of eyes. More than anything else, it’s a job based on trust. When a spotter says ‘clear,’ his driver has to trust he’s being given good information and that no other car is there, meaning he can move up or down the track.
We ourselves, are in a race, and God is our spotter. From His vantage point, God is able to see every detail of our life. Nothing is hidden from God’s sight, and to Him our road ahead is clearly visible.
I’m learning that when things don’t work out the way I would have wanted, there is a greater plan in the future. I need to focus less on my doubts and trust more on the promised word from God.
His words in Jeremiah 29:11 are straightforward:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)
And Isaiah 26:3 tells us,
“God will keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him, all whose thoughts are fixed on Him!” (NLT)
Habakkuk learned how to trust God and not be affected by the negative stuff going on around him. He writes in Habakkuk 3:17-19,
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights (NIV)
With all the turmoil around us in the world today we are at a place where we need to trust God completely and allow Him the freedom to point us in the right direction. Not only do we have to trust Him, we have to remember that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Rom. 8:28 NLT).
“Trust is a must.”
Director of Learning Learning Support Teacher