May 10 – When I Get Out – Trust is Contagious

Read Matthew 7:24-27, Psalm 40:1-3 and 1 Peter 2:4-6

I was trying to sleep but my mind was replaying the events of the day. It was September 11, 2001, and I couldn’t get past this eerie feeling that life was never going to be the same. I was scared. I wondered about the safety of my kids, our freedom, if we would be at war, if more attacks were coming. I wondered what this invasion would cost me.

I prayed. I asked God to calm my worried mind. I asked Him to speak into my restless soul. He was gracious and reminded me of the words to a hymn that I hadn’t sung in a long time…

“I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

I thought about the ‘sweet frame’ of the World Trade Center. These buildings were awe- inspiring, tall, stately. I’m sure the people that worked there were proud and felt secure. But the buildings fell. They couldn’t stand up to the evil and pressures of this world.

Lying there in the dark, I felt exposed. There’s nothing quite like an interruption to normal life to reveal what we’re made of. I was counting on so many things: my government, my freedom, my American dreams, my safety.

It was humbling. God uncovered my lack of control. He revealed all of the things I was leaning on that had nothing to do with Him and He invited me to a deeper trust in Him alone.

Wholly. This telling word from the hymn writer’s pen, reminds us of the depth of faith we long for but often lack. It calls us to surrender all to Him…

Yet, we get distracted. We get comfy. We start building on the wrong things so God graciously exposes our flimsy foundations. It’s in those quiet moments that we can be honest with God. We can confess our reliance on earthly things and ask Him to rebuild us into spiritual houses that withstand anything the world can throw at us.

It’s all part of the growth process. He loves working this out in us. It’s His favorite. He loves to see us move from weakness to strength. From flimsy faith to fierce faith. From reliance on ourselves, our government, our wealth, our health, our freedom, to reliance wholly on Jesus.

He will see us through anything and everything. If we put that truth into practice it will be evident in our actions and through our words. If we wholly lean on Him and not our own understanding, our faith will lead the way for others. It will be contagious. The right kind of contagious in this eerie world we live in.

On Christ the solid rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand

Shelly Eberly

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