“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”
― Julian of Norwich, Christian Mystic (1341-1415)
What is “trusting in God”? We sing, “I will trust in the Lord (’til I die)” and “Trust and Obey” in our worship services. We quote Proverbs 3:5-6 like it’s going out of style. You know…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Right. But this still begs the question, what is that “trusting in God”? If you ask me, I don’t believe it’s that “blind faith” we hear Christians talk about where we throw common sense to the wind. Or looking up to some celestial “Daddy” to fix our boo-boos. This is also not a “sunshine and lollipops” (per Glenn Beck) view of life where everything’s coming up roses you hear some preachers blather about.
No, to me it’s a trust that all is good. That we trust in the Divine, the All, the Universe that everything is and will be well (thanx Julian). This is the trust that it’s all good even when it’s not. Despite all the heartache, bullshit, ugliness, evil, and mess in our lives and in our world there is that trust that all is-and will be-well. It’s an innate trust that’s somehow hard-wired into us. A knowledge of a Greater to which we can align ourselves with in a transcendent trust that helps us to see things in a whole new perspective and opens our eyes to options and possibilities never thought of. It’s really hard to just “explain”; it’s more of something that has to be experienced. The best examples I could see were Jesus in the Gospels, the Christian (and other) mystics of old and today, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
That family, is where I see as trust; trusting in God. May we all have that trust in God.