Posted on September 9, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the years of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Each day, whether knowingly or unknowingly, we put our trust in many people and things in order for life to flourish and bear good fruit. We trust that we will have the basics in life such as a place to live and enough food to sustain us. Or, when life takes an unexpected turn and our health is compromised, we put our trust in doctors and other medical professionals to offer us the best care and the best next steps. When we think about it, many things become lessons in trust each day; but most days we need to pay attention to see or acknowledge the lesson.
On my vacation last month, there were a couple of times I was aware of trust. One was on the airplane. I was aware of those moments when we trust that the piolet will lift the airplane into the sky and then land the airplane safely! We put full trust in a piolet that most of the time we do not see. There is always that moment when it comes time to land that I hope and trust that the landing gear on the plane is going to bring this huge cylinder with hundreds of people inside, to a complete and safe stop!
Another part of my vacation was spent in the Redwood National Forrest in California. These amazing trees that can grow to over 300 feet in the air and be thousands of years old, are a wonderful lesson in trust. The trust lesson comes in realizing that these massive trees have a very shallow root system for support. Redwoods intertwine their shallow roots with the roots of other Redwoods nearby and send their roots outward, making them stronger. Redwoods show us the importance of trusting others for support and strength in order to survive and grow.
When we place our trust in God and in others that God has placed on our journey of life and faith, we care for one another, support one another, and grow strong and bear good fruit together in community.
May we think this week about all the people and places in which we put our trust and be thankful!