Never Be Afraid to Trust
Ever get stressed out cause you want to see the whole staircase? I HATE stairs. They are my weakness. How many can there really be to walk up, you know??? Ok that’s not really the topic I wanted to talk about, but we wish to see what our future looks like ahead. I think every single person can say that…well I hope I’m not the only one out there.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom
I have been reading and thinking about this quote over and over. It’s a good quote. It’s simple but deep because of what Corrie Ten Boom actually went through. In World War II she was caught as a Christian hiding Jews in her secret hiding place. Her whole family was sent to the concentration camps by the German Nazis, destroying her home, her future, her business, her hopes, her dreams. Everything.
In the midst of all of this she was thankful for fleas at the barracks so she could read the small Word of God that she was able to hide so she might share it with others.
Her life brings so much encouragement to me. When she wanted to see the whole staircase, when she wanted to know if she would ever make it out alive when her family didn’t, when she wanted to just simply have a hot bath, when she wanted to just be able to take a walk in the garden without limping from pain of being beaten, when she just wanted to eat a crust of bread that wasn’t moldy, when she just wanted to live – she did. She lived for others to see Christ in her. She lived trusting in God because she knew that He held her future.
I don’t need to see the whole staircase. I need to live in the moment right now because the same God that held Corrie’s future is the same One Who holds my future. The same God holds your future!
There’s a song that says, “I spend my whole life dreaming what the future’s gonna bring; when all of this time there’s a world passing by right in front of me…Who says big things are somewhere off in the distance? I don’t want to look back just to see all the times that I’ve missed it…Lord, wherever You’re leading me – that’s where I want to be with the very next words of love to be spoken, to the very next heart that’s shattered and broken, to the very next way You’re gonna use me – show me the next thing. I’ll do the next thing.”
I know I’m kind of young. I’m twenty-three. I still have a lot of life and a lot more to learn. Experience is the best thing and yes I fail, and fail, and then fail some more – but I’ll keep trying. I want to keep doing the next thing that God has for me. Even if I have to thank God for fleas, even if I don’t understand where He’s leading me, even if I have to go without my bacon cheeseburgers, even when the staircase seems so long and steep…even if I have to do it being afraid, I will still trust.
To trust in something you have to know that something. Know God. Know that He owns that whole staircase. Know that He is the rail on that staircase for you to hold on to. Know that He has already walked before you. Know that He holds it together. Know and trust in Him.
I’m letting this be my prayer. “I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” Psalms 34:4-5