“…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…” Hebrews 12:1-2
Have you ever been on a trust walk? You know: someone blindfolds you, walks you around gaining your trust, and then you get to blindfold them and do the same.
One spring I was invited to be one of the speakers at a youth retreat and participate in the weekends’ activities. One seventeen year old asked if I would be his partner for the trust walk. When I agreed, he blindfolded me, and carefully walked me around mud puddles, trees, over logs, and up to prickly bushes. He gained my trust.
When it was his turn, I reached up to tie the bandana around his head. As soon as I had it securely tied, he took off running! Shocked, I took off after him! It took the full stretch of my legs to keep up with him.
I bumped him out of the way of a large oak tree, stunted bushes, and large buildings. When he run up the steps of the main cabin, across the porch and jumped over the steps on the other side into the mud, I prayed and concentrated on keeping pace.
When we stopped, I asked, “Why did you run like that? That’s not happened before!”
Grinning he said, “I knew I could trust you. You wouldn’t let anything happen to me!”
I thought, “When the Lord asks me to run blindfolded, to run not knowing what is ahead, do I trust him?”
I know in my head I can have confidence in him. I don’t doubt his Word. But I feel the challenge when suffering is involved. Sometimes I doubt that I have what it takes to follow through with his requests.
I forget I don’t have to have “what it takes” I just need to listen and obey. He will tell me what to do at critical moments, all I need to do is be willing and believe he will take care of me.
How about you? Can you say to the Lord right now, “I trust you.”? Or are the words stuck in your throat? He does not expect you to go alone. In fact, he promises: I am the “voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk (run) in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)
Go forward with action believing, “He’s got this!”