Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Trust Fall

Remember the old Trust Fall exercise from youth fellowship? A Trust Fall involves one partner standing in front of the other, both facing the same direction. The person in front makes his body stiff and purposely falls backwards. When he falls, the one behind him gently catches him and lowers him to the ground.

It’s not easy being the front person. You have to trust that the person behind you is strong enough, big enough, and cares enough to catch you. A hefty adult could never trust a puny six year old. A 6’4” football player wouldn’t trust my husband’s 4’9” grandmother.

Sometimes, when we come up against problems and challenges in life, we feel like our troubles are as big as a sumo wrestler—and our God is the size of a little leaguer. We find ourselves thinking, No one can change this situation. Nothing will help.

However, the Bible tells us differently:
  • My God shall supply all my needs. (Philippians 4:19)
  • He who is in you [God] is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
  • Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we depend on the LORD our God. (Psalm 20:7)
  • God, by His power working within us, is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think, (Ephesians 3:20)
  • But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
  • Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:35-37)

 And that is just a small smattering of the scriptures that reassure us of God’s love, God’s power, and God’s strength. Rather than seeing our troubles lumbering toward us like T.J. Barnes of the NY Jets, let’s remember we can trust God and not be terrified by our problems, for the LORD our God, who is among us, is great and awesome. (Deuteronomy 7:21)

Be encouraged, my friend!

©2015 Pamela D. Williams