Trusting God is something that I can confidently say I do. I’ve been trusting God ever since I knew He can be trusted. Yet how easily I freak out when difficult situations, from which I think I need immediate rescuing, turn even more dim and hopeless. I whine, panic, and doubt. I want to see God’s hands now—and quick. When I don’t see things changing, I go out of my way to turn things around myself.
No, I’m not moving ahead of God. I’m just doing my part, I reason.
But God makes me realize my trust is superficial. I’m just trusting with my head. Sure, this kind of trust gives me a sense of peace. After all, wouldn’t it be comforting when your head tells you, “Yeah, I’ve got that trusting part covered?” But when things get more difficult to handle, head-based trust doesn’t stand up to the test. Soon, it expires.
We know we’re trusting with our heads when we try to manipulate things—and yes, even control God—into meeting our prayers. So in the end, trusting with just our heads is not trusting at all.
Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust the Lord with all our hearts. And only from the position of the heart can we fully trust God. It is internalized and reflected through actions, or sometimes even inaction. It is about relinquishing control of situations and being still while carefully tuning in to God and listening to His directions.
What I learned about God is that His voice is small, soft, and peaceful. So when the voice in my head is loud, has a timbre of worry, and prompts me to do things quick, I know that is not God speaking. And I know I’ve not been trusting from the right position.
What does trusting God with the heart look like? Quite simply, it looks like the familiar trust fall game. Difficult situations push and make us fall to the ground. But heart-based trust is aware that God has our back. It tells us that even though we don’t know how He’s going to catch us or how fast He’s going to do so, He won’t let us touch the ground.
Head-based trust is confident that God can pull off a perfect rescue operation. But it requires all the details of God’s plans to make us still. When it doesn’t have full knowledge of the details—and God never makes all the details known—its confidence diminishes. Eventually it will talk us into getting on with our own plans.
Head-based trust is impatient. It illuminates our weakness and the urgency of the situation. But heart-based trust builds up our confidence and strength while we wait on God. And certainly, it knows that something supernatural is accomplished as we go through uncomfortable, painful situations.
Head-based trust is short-lived. Heart-based trust can see us through the night and into the morning.
Friends, it’s time to check ourselves. Are we trusting from the right position?
By Abby Aranzamendez, a life chronicler at Journal the Sojourn