This Is What Trust Looks Like …


They say things far away from you seem bigger than they really are. I think there’s truth to this because I’ve found that the longest distance is usually between where you are and where you want to be.

How do we make the connection? What will the end bring? What’s the process to get there?

  • Losing weight
  • Starting a new job
  • Waiting for a test result
  • Purchasing a new home
  • Growing that business
  • Reconnecting with an old friend

I think part of it — a large part actually – comes down to trust and where your trust is.   I had an interesting conversation with two of my sisters this week about trusting yourself. They had what seemed to be varying opinions, at first. My older sister said that she didn’t trust herself, rather she trusts the Christ in her completely and wholeheartedly. My baby sister said that she had to get still to hear what comes out of her Spirit.

I tend to agree with them both, and I wanted to come up with a way to visualize this. I needed to see it in my mind’s eye.

How do you know when you’ve completely trusted God and are not leaning on your own understanding?

I’ve got a couple of lofty goals set for this year, and the mere thought of them scares the bejeezus out of me.

Seriously, I get nauseous thinking about it.

Have you ever done this, dream so big you scare yourself?

There were two thoughts that immediately came to mind after I wrote my goals; the first was, “Yes! Let’s do this.” The second was, “Who do you think you are?”

In other words, “Yes Lord I trust you, but I have some concerns.”

What can I say, I’m human.

Then inspiration struck, and I was able to see it. I was able to see clearly see what trust looks like.

Imagine that you’re participating in a relay race, you’re second out of three runners and your leg is up. The first runner plants the baton firmly in your hand and without hesitation you push hard against the earth, a little unsure but still giving it your all. Rounding the corner, you see the anchor runner in position. As you approach, you extend your arm forward and try to make the connection.

Success. You’ve handed the baton off.

That’s trust. That’s faith.

I figured that my inspiration came from Him, so my goals come from Him. My responsibility is to train so that I’m ready for the race. I read my Bible, pray, meditate, try to be a blessing to others so that when it’s time for me to hand it back to Him I do so without hesitation. However, when I don’t condition properly, listen to the world and care about what they think, allow doubt and fear to creep in – I hesitate and rounding that corner becomes an even greater feat.

The connection seems harder to make. The goal seems far away.

So today, I’m in training. I’m getting ready for my race.

What about you, dear heart? What metaphor would you use to describe your trust in God?

23 thoughts on “This Is What Trust Looks Like …

  1. I like this one a lot! You blessed me with your post. I like the analogy of handing the baton (my life) to God. I’m in training to be a good disciple. I’m going to share this one on my blog.

  2. Man sometimes it’s so hard to wait for it isn’t it!? Which is required of most things… big or small. That holding period can be a doozy. But clearly you can do it. AND as far as your big dreams for this year! You GO GIRL! You can do it. You deserve it! I can’t wait to hear about them.
    P.s.– thanks for following my blog.

  3. I so love this post!! It is full of inspiration. And, like you, I prefer to have a “visual” aid for most things. Thank you for a beautiful way to remember that ALL of of inspiration comes form Him!!! ❤

  4. I love your metaphor of the relay… yes! Passing the baton off. That’s sooooo awesome. I’m going to envision that from now on when I’m praying for God’s hand in something. I’m passing the baton off to Him.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  5. Sonya K

    Great post. I trust in God but it isn’t always easy for me to believe that I’m capable of reaching all of my goals. I love how you stated you are in training. I feel the same way. It’s a lot easier when you really feel connected to God, but when you slip up and don’t put the time it gets a lot harder to believe in yourself.

    • I agree. The thing I think that needs to change (and I’m still working on this too) is BUT…that negates everything. That’s the human side kicking in …that’s us trying to make sense of it and make it fit in a context that we can understand. I think if we lose BUT it will make a big difference. 🙂

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