But I trust in you

June 20, 2013

by Carla Bregani, Senior Communications Advisor

“But I trust in you, LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.” Psalm 31:14-15

By Carla Bregani, Senior Communications Advisor

I find that I don’t have a lot of occasions to exercise trust in my daily life. Sure, I trust that only one stoplight at the intersection will be green so I don’t get T-boned by another car, and I trust that the food I buy at the grocery store is safe for me to eat. But much of my life is built around processes and procedures that cause me to live without exercising any “faith like a child.”

On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I was reminded of what that kind of faith really looks like. I met a family that lived under a busy highway overpass in extreme poverty. With the father’s permission, we drove the eight-year-old daughter to a mall near their home, for an ice cream treat. Her hand clung to mine as we entered the mall from the underground parking lot and located an elevator to ride to the food court upstairs.

The metal door closed and as the elevator lurched upward, the child’s grasp on my hand turned into a vice grip. The Jaws of Life would not have been able to loosen her clutch. I quickly realized that she had never been in an elevator before.

But what amazed me even more was that she said nothing. Although she was frightened and unfamiliar with what was going on around her, she trusted me. Not just me as a person – she had only met me a few hours before – but my calmness, my confidence, my control over the situation. And because of who she was with, she trusted that all was well.

Do we do the same? When God takes us into the scary stuff, the upsetting events, the experiences that are outside of the familiar, what do we do? Do we scream and shout and demand that the elevator stop? Do we back slowly out of the doors before they even close? Or do we squeeze the hand of the One who controls the entire situation, knowing that He is teaching and growing us – and that at the top of the elevator there might even be ice cream?