4 Weeks of Thankfulness: Week 2 - Trust

It was 2009 and I had just met this really neat guy. We had only known each other for a few weeks when he asked me to go on a motorcycle ride with him. In November. At night.

Being the non-risk-taker-introvert that I am, naturally I said yes.

So we bundled up - him in his leather jacket, gloves, helmet and boots; and me in his extra jacket with a few layers underneath, his extra helmet, winter gloves and tennis shoes - and went off for our first ride together. We left his house and curved our way through some not-quite-backroads and turned on to the highway. As he got up to speed it suddenly occurred to me...

Not our first ride, but one shortly after.

What in the world was I thinking? I hardly know this guy, I've never been on a bike, it's getting dark, and it's kind of chilly. But, 65mph is not an ideal time to bail from a bike, and just as my nerves were kicking in as fast as that bike was going, he reached down to gently squeeze my knee. And as soon as he did, I realized I could trust him. It amazed me how quickly trust in a person could form.

Trust is a pretty amazing thing - something we use every day, even when we don't think about it. This week, I'm thankful for it. I'm glad I have a husband I can confide in and who can lean on me, too. I'm blessed with extended family and friends who I can go to with struggles and joys. I know I can count on my church family and pastor. And I think most (if not all) of these people know they can rely on me to be there for them, too.

Trust is also a very fragile thing. We humans make mistakes. We break confidences. We're bad listeners. We don't follow through on plans and make promises we can't (or won't) keep. As great as trust is, it's also really complicated and difficult. And once it's broken, it really takes hard work to build it back up again. Sometimes it never gets back to the way it was.

That's why I'm so thankful I have a God who I am absolutely certain I can depend on. He gave me the ability to believe all his promises are true and that he'll never break them. He helps me lean on him day in and day out. And when I start to doubt and wonder if God will do to me like we humans do to each other, he takes me back to his Word and reminds me who he is and what he's done for me.

Because his grace and forgiveness are the glue that put a broken faith back together. His forgiveness through Jesus built back the relationship we lost with him. And because of that act of God, all of our broken faith in each other can be restored, too. In Jesus, we have the grace to keep trying to do better for each other. Fixing broken trust is never easy - I could give you a few stories from my life about that - some I'm still working through. But we need to remember that God has done the hardest part in sending Jesus to die for us. He gives us the faith to believe it really happened, the faith to believe he is who he claims to be, the faith to believe he makes us his own.

Trust is a truly fantastic gift. Try to find all the different ways you use trust in your life. How is God reminding you every day of reasons to trust Him? How can you become a person people can really count on?

"But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation."  
Psalm 13:5


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