Ultimate Leap of Faith ... Trust
An ultimate leap of faith occurs the moment we are born. We come into this world as innocent, totally dependent babes. Absolute trust is not just a good option for survival, it is the ONLY option for a newborn baby. However, time and circumstance can do much to enhance or detract from that original setting.
Loving, caring parents and caregivers will enhance that trust and innocence. Growing up with indifference, adverse circumstances and negative experiences will crush that trust. Everything that falls in-between these two ends of trust will cause some affect to the trust every human being is born with.
Trust is essential to developing healthy relationships. The extent to which we feel safe to trust will affect the creativity we pursue and express. God talks about trust, A LOT, in the Bible.
"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)
"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Psalms 20:7)
"Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalms 37:3-4)
He also speaks of who NOT to put our trust in....
"Do not put your trust in princes, immortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground: On that very day their plans come to nothing." (Psalms 146:3-4)
When we want to protect property, or family heirlooms, they are placed in a trust. The very name suggests protection. You and I are of great value to our God. He loves us and wants to bless us, give us the desires of our hearts and make our path (our very life path) straight. I want that for my life. Do you?
In my own life, I can point to so many times when I chose to place my trust in the LORD. It was the ultimate leap of faith for me. The day I asked Jesus to be my Savior was spectacular. I was 10 years old that day...it was my birthday. Growing up in the Episcopal church, I believed that you had to do confirmation class before you could be an "official" believer. My father was an Episcopal priest, so I begged him to let me take the class early (the usual age to take it was 12).
I think my father got tired of me asking him so often, so he relented and let me take the class when I was 9. Well, I completed the class and it turned out the day we were getting confirmed (graduating) was on my 10th birthday! YAAAA!! Finally the day came, and my father's friend, Bishop Gross, was there. I went through that confirmation ceremony and took responsibility for my faith. It was very meaningful for me, and during that ceremony I asked Jesus to be my Savior. I confessed him as God's son and asked for forgiveness of my sins. It was glorious!
A few days later, as I was reading in the book of John I understood that I didn't have to take a class or wait, but that salvation was available to all people at all times. Funny thing is, my dad had spoke of salvation many times in his sermons, but until after I got saved I thought that you had to qualify by taking the right class! My dad and I had a good laugh about it over the years.
All that to say that I placed my trust in Jesus on my 10th birthday and the scripture suddenly became alive to me. I had read a lot before getting saved, but afterwards I really began to understand in a much deeper way. Placing our trust fully in Jesus unlocks the gift of the Holy Spirit to teach, correct, lead and train us in all righteousness.
Be bold, be encouraged, and take the ultimate leap of faith today. Trusting Jesus will open up a whole new world to you. I have never regretted this decision .... not even once.