Teaching Trust

Robert Strand

Larry Kelley tells the following: She paused at the curb on the street corner as I pulled up to the stop light. I could tell she wanted to cross the street...but she was afraid. She had obviously heard my car's engine and knew there was other traffic. She was disoriented and afraid because she was BLIND and could not see that the light was red and it was safe to cross the street.

blindpedestriansignI watched as her seeing eye dog pulled at its harness to encourage her to follow its leading. Finally, she relented, but only after a man beside her encouraged her to trust her dog.

Later that day, I saw them all over our little town...the dog, the teen-age girl, the sighted man...walking through parking lots, down sidewalks, into stores and even around a loading dock.

THEN it dawned on me! The dog was new to her...perhaps her first experience with a seeing eye dog. It was NOT the dog needing training...this girl needed training! The dog was well trained and knew what to do. The man who walked along was helping her to trust her dog...even when all her senses flashed danger signals. She had to learn how to place her trust in someone else with higher senses and greater perspectives.

WE ARE JUST LIKE THAT! Faith is not a blind leap into nothing but is trust built up over time in trusting someone else. The Bible doesn't command us to have faith, it says for us to simply "taste and see that the Lord is good!" DOESN'T IT MAKE GOOD SENSE TO TRUST IN GOD WHO HAS A GREATER PERSPECTIVE, MORE EXPERIENCE AND UNLIMITED POWER...YOU CAN TRUST HIM!

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6).