Trusting Partnership

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable then they?  Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”  (Matthew 6:25-27)

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  (Psalms 56:3)

A couple of weekends ago I took a 3 day whirlwind road trip with a friend to Texas.  It was my turn to drive and as I was taking in the scenery and the occasional billboards along our route, one sign in particular jumped out at me … and has stayed with me.  Today as I looked online for a picture of it, I found everything but the one I wanted.  It made me think.  It’s like I’m dreaming … no image of that board exists; at least as far as I could tell.  I couldn’t find it anywhere.

The billboard was a picture of Jesus.  I don’t remember the exact image of Him, but what I do remember is what it said:
I Trust You

The first time I saw it, I wasn’t sure how to interpret it.  The sign was two lines and no punctuation.  Was it telling me that “Jesus Trusts Me”? Or was it saying “I Trust Jesus”?

I don’t know who posted or sponsored the sign.  I did see it a few more times along the way, each time pondering the question regarding which way the Trust was to go.  I have decided that it goes both ways.

We all have experienced, or are experiencing events that are life changing.  At times, it is hard to relinquish control and allow God to handle things.  Matthew tells us not to worry.  We can trust in God just as the sign told us.

On the flip side, most everyone has heard the expression, “God doesn’t give us more than we can handle”.  I think that this is because God Trusts in us; that we can handle what comes our way especially if we share that trust with him.

Relationships are often built on a mutual trust.  Having said this, it makes sense that there would be a partnership of Trust between God and ourselves.  Some journey’s we must take on our own and others we can take along a friend or two.  Journeys somehow seem more fun and exciting when we have someone to share them with.  So why not take God with us on all of our life’s journeys?

So, I am very thankful for that “mystery sign”.  It has reinforced to me that God trusts in me so why shouldn’t I also trust in myself? More importantly, why shouldn’t I share my journey with God.  For if there is anyone who can go everywhere I go, it’s God.

Dear Lord, thank you for the “signs” along life’s journey that remind us that we are never alone.  Please help us to remember that together, we can trust and get thru everything thrown in our path no matter how big or small. Thank you for trusting in us to trust in you.  In your name, Amen

April Schauer

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