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There is a childhood game that I think everyone has played at least once. I am not sure what it’s called, but in this game your friends would ask you if you trusted them and if you said yes, you would have to turn around and fall backwards, and trust that they would catch you when you fell. I don’t know about you, but I never liked that game. I really did want to trust my friends, but I was always afraid they would drop me.
The funny thing was, when I was the one on the other side asking my friends to trust me and fall, of course I wanted them to trust me. I knew I would not drop them. I think the difference was I wanted to be in control. If I was the one doing the catching then I knew I would not drop anyone, where if it was a friend, I had no control of the situation if they dropped me.
I think that we do this in life. We don’t want to trust because we are afraid that when we do we will lose control. We are afraid to trust God because then we would have to give up control to Him, instead of doing things ourselves.
There have been so many areas in my life, where I was afraid or worried, and my husband has pointed out that I wasn’t trusting God. I knew he was right but I didn’t want to admit it. I realized that I was thinking I could do a better job, that I didn’t want to give up control. I had problems trusting when I shouldn’t.
God, like my friends who played that game, wants us to give up control. He wants us to know we can’t do it on our own and that we have to trust Him. Just like the game we need to let go and just fall back, and trust that every time He WILL catch us!