The golden thread of trust

Thank God for daily reminders of His loving care for us.  Yesterday I just happened to hear a poem recited by Garrison Keillor on the radio as I was driving home.  It reminded me of how important my bedrock trust in God is to every aspect of my life.  It also underscored how my Christian worldview filters and enlightens everything I hear and see.  The poem is “Trust” by Thomas R. Smith

It’s like so many other things in life
to which you must say no or yes.
So you take your car to the new mechanic.
Sometimes the best thing to do is trust.

The package left with the disreputable-looking
clerk, the check gulped by the night deposit,
the envelope passed by dozens of strangers—
all show up at their intended destinations.

The theft that could have happened doesn’t.
Wind finally gets where it was going
through the snowy trees, and the river, even
when frozen, arrives at the right place.

And sometimes you sense how faithfully your life
is delivered, even though you can’t read the address.

From Waking Before Dawn. © Red Dragonfly Press, 2007

This poem is a delight to me.  It expresses so perfectly how trust in God is like the golden thread that is interwoven into very fabric of my everyday life.

Trust in our lives is structured like a pyramid.  Our increasing ability to trust is built upon and enabled by a hierarchy of things we know to be true and reliable.  For the believer and follower of Christ, the base of the pyramid upon which every other trust emanates is our trust in God and his Word. 

The Bible encourages us at every turn to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)  Again and again we hear the psalmist say “I will trust in God!”  And so as believers in God’s faithfulness we seek to do that day by day. 

It works wonders in our lives.  We learn to trust, even when people and things let us down.  Because the foundation of our trust is in God’s faithfulness no matter what.  You know that there is someone watching out for your best interests and ”sense how faithfully your life is delivered, even though you can’t read the address.”

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1 thought on “The golden thread of trust”

  1. Tom,

    This is such a good word for all of us right now. So many things are being shaken in our midst, but that’s not such a bad thing. We learn quickly that when the refining winds blow, the anchor holds. Our God is faithful in every season! Blessed are those who trust in Him.

    Thanks for the post~

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