The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. (Psalm 28:7)
Relate: “Do you trust me?” That is the question Aladdin asks Jasmine when he holds out his hands and offers her to join him on the carpet. If she were a bit more like me, she would have responded, “Sure I trust you. As soon as you tell me how that thing works.” My temperament tends to be more along the line of, “trust but verify”.
The problem is, sometimes we don’t understand why and how what we are doing has anything to do with what we have been called to do. We are a bit like Daniel in that greatest of 80’s movies. We thought we were going to learn Karate but all the master has had us doing is sanding floors, waxing cars, and painting houses. We feel like we have been called to greatness but all we have been getting is a raw deal. And then…
React: We are stuck moving through time in a linear fashion. We cannot see the future. God, beyond time, sees all. We are limited to our own narrow perspective. God, omniscient, knows everything. Our perspective and reasoning and knowledge and ability to change events are so ridiculously limited. Yet time and time again, we question God. When we do so, are we questioning His power or His benevolence? Are we saying God is unable to help us or are we saying He doesn’t care to?
I almost didn’t use that Karate Kid clip because the first few I found included Daniel’s complaining which was laced through with cursing and blasphemy. But when you think about it, even though we might used a more sanitized vocabulary, isn’t our questioning of God just as blasphemous? We don’t know why God might have us cleaning toilets rather than counseling kings. We might never know why this side of heaven. Will we trust Him anyways? Do we truly believe that God is good, all the time?
God, I will trust You. You are my strength and shield. You are my help. With all my heart I will trust in You because You have proven Yourself faithful time and time again. Though I might never see the entire pathway ahead, You have shown me enough to know what steps to take. Give me the courage to walk in it.