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Trust Fall

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. Psalm 37:25

Ah, the trust fall. I have never put myself in that position, and I suppose the reason is, in part, because I have never trusted anyone enough to let them attempt to catch me. A trust fall is when a person hugs their arms to their chest, closes their eyes, and falls backward with the full confidence that whoever is standing behind them will catch them before they hit the ground. I have watched many video compilations of trust falls that failed. (It’s hard to imagine that that doesn’t have something to do with why I haven’t attempted a trust fall myself.) Most of them fail for one of two reasons. Number one, the person falling falls the wrong way – yes, that actually happens. Or, number two, the people who are doing the catching are not prepared or are not strong enough to catch the person falling. Needless to say, it usually ends up pretty painfully for the one who fell. Added to that, it creates serious trust issues later on for the unfortunate person who was dropped.

Often, young and old alike treat God as if He is a bad trust fall partner. They are afraid to fall on Him because they think that, for some reason, He is unable to catch them. They may never say it out loud, but they prove that by worrying about each little thing that comes up in their lives. Where is the money going to come from to pay for college? How can I survive, or even thrive, in a family where my parents are divorced? How can I ever find the spouse God wants me to marry? How can I cover these bills? There are a million other questions that could all lead to a life of worry and despair. That is not to say that those are not good questions, but the answer to each of them is simple: trust God. Of course, that is easier said than done, but that is exactly the point that David was making in Psalm 37. He had done the “trust fall” on God many times throughout his life, and each time he threw himself on God, God was there to catch him. When God proves to be strong enough to catch you each time you fall on Him, it becomes easier to trust Him the next time. The amazing thing about God is that not once has he dropped one of His children who has trusted Him. If you don’t want to take my word for it, at least take the words of King David: “I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Is that good enough for you to finally decide to trust God?

Read also: Psalm 37:23-26

Quote of the day: "Faith isn’t faith until it is all you are holding on to.” – Anonymous

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