Must Just Trust
“Must Just Trust” is an original phrase I repeat to myself often. I like it and need it so much that I asked a budding artist to draw it skillfully and frame it. I’ve had it hanging in my home for the last 13 years. It’s one of my treasured possessions because it has reminded me so many times to simply trust the GOD who loves me when I am anxious, afraid, confused or discouraged.
“MUST JUST TRUST” is based on Proverbs 3:5&6 “Trust in the LORD with ALL your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and HE will show you which path to take.” New Living translation
Our world can be a dark and dangerous place as we have witnessed once again more senseless tragedies. Our hearts can so easily be worn down by the heartbreak, the fear and anxiety of the uncertain days ahead. We need stability and safety. A secure place to deposit our trust. As children of GOD we have a safe haven and we need to rest in it. We need to realize it is our only true source of comfort at times. Money can buy us a bit of safety and human protection is limited.
Read Psalm 91, focussing particularly on the first two verses. The truths in this Psalm will only be reaped by those who follow GOD with ALL their hearts… they follow closely, not afar off. They may fall but ALWAYS get back up and run to HIM.
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: HE alone is my refuge, my fortress (my place of safety); He is my God and I trust in Him.” New Living translation
Refuge is defined as a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger or trouble.
Fortress is defined as a heavily protected and impenetrable building.
When we feel chased by ugly things or nasty people, we need to remember who is our refuge and fortress. Relax in HIS presence and envision His care like the Great GOD HE is, protecting HIS precious child. He longs to take care of you but you must keep HIM and HIM alone first in your life. When you get distracted, come back to HIM. When you make a sinful choice, come back to HIM. When you drift away from HIM, come back to HIM. Keep coming back no matter what because HE alone has the power to completely have your back.
In the Narnia Chronicles movies, watch how the character Lucy sees Aslan the Great Lion, who represents Jesus, when no one else does. Her belief in Him is so strong that she actively looks for Him and He always shows up for her when she needs him most. These scenes literally give me chills because I can identify with what Lucy is experiencing. I have learned to experience His awesome presence and so can you! Comes down to three simple words; MUST JUST TRUST. . .
For instance, I wouldn’t say I’m a perfectionist but I am highly conscientious. As I write I am behind on several assignments. I am overwhelmed and feeling out of sorts. I cannot meet all the expectations from the people around me. Anxiety overload, a beast I have battled throughout my life is chasing me through my day. I cannot allow it to destroy me. I cannot allow it to take over my mind. FLURISHING through these times means realizing it is up to me how long I wish to struggle. Peace comes when I refocus on my Savior. Rest occurs when I come back to HIM. Protection and safety are restored when I trust Him.
How are you handling the chaos in the world? In your life? Come back close to the One who can shield and protect you. The One who offers peace beyond all understanding. There are hard days ahead for all of us but HE promises to be our personal refuge and fortress. Must Just Trust. . . to FLURISH.
Struggling with trusting GOD?
- Ponder Psalm 91 in its entirety.
- Check out other passages in your Bible concordance (if it has one) on God’s faithfulness. Or you can even google it.
- Do a trust walk: Grab a friend you trust implicitly. Close your eyes. Allow your friend to lead you by the hand for five minutes, giving you verbal instructions to maneuver steps, obstacles etc.
- Begin to experience trusting when you can’t see what’s ahead.
Remember, Must Just Trust to FLURISH.
Shine on. . .