Trust In Action

This post is part of my series for Write 31 Days (writing on a prompt every day during the month of October). I may not be posting on the blog every day, but you can find an index page where all the posts in the series will be added here. The prompt today is “trust.”

“O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced.” (Psalm 25:1-3 NLT)

At my church small group this week, we were looking at some of Jesus’ teachings on money and possessions. We’ve recently started a new format for our groups with the focus being on not just knowing and understanding what Jesus said, but looking at how we can actually live that out.

One of the verses that stood out to me was Luke 6:30 and Jesus’ instruction to, “give to anyone who asks.”

As I got home that night I was still pondering how to put that into action when I got a message about a meeting the church worship team was having this weekend, followed by a message from one of the team asking if they could get a lift there.

Jesus’ words echoed in my mind – “give to anyone who asks.”

It wasn’t that I was unwilling. Obviously I knew the kind thing to do would be to give them a lift. It’s just that I struggle with anxiety about driving and what seems to anyone else like a simple request is actually asking a lot. It’s something I’ve fought against for years because I have had to drive as part of my job, and my anxiety is nothing like it used to be, (it used to be a full-blown phobia) but being asked to drive somewhere unfamiliar, especially with a passenger I don’t know very well, is a big deal for me.

I prayed that someone else would offer to drive and that I might be able to go with them , but again Jesus’ words came back: “give to anyone who asks.”

Then I came across this article which looks at some of the excuses we make not to take Jesus’ command seriously. The article is mainly focused on financial giving, but as I read it I realised it applied to my own situation too. In the end it came down to trust.

Did I trust Jesus enough to obey his command, trusting that he would provide for my needs and help me deal with my anxiety?

I replied, offering a lift…

…Then two more people replied, asking for a lift as well!

So, that is how I ended up driving an unfamiliar road with a car full of people! I can’t say I enjoyed it, but I did it. We got there and back safely, and while it wasn’t without anxiety, God did provide what I needed in keeping me calm enough to make conversation and focus on the meeting without being completely distracted. It showed me that I’m continuing to make progress.

And it reminded me that trust is active. It’s easy to say we trust God, but it’s only by taking action that we prove we really trust him. And each time we do trust him with something seemingly small, and we see for ourselves that he can be trusted, it builds our trust for whatever he will ask us to do next.

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