Hey friends, how are you doing today? First, thank you to all, who participated in the Blog Party. I have read all the comments and have visited all the blogs. Of course, some of us already have a ‘relationship’, and it was truly wonderful ‘meeting’ some of you. How was your weekend? I had a wonderful time over the weekend, primarily because the weather was fantastic. This is February, people, FEBRUARY! Yet it felt like spring was in the air, even the birds were chirping and literally vying for space on the still leafless trees.
Last winter, it seemed as if, we completely missed spring altogether, because it came so late. But, please, please, please Lord, I pray that it comes sooner rather than later. Monday, the sun was out in all its glory with a temperature approaching 60°. Need I remind you, that this is February. I am loved; LOVED, by the God of Universe. He loves me, oh how He absolutely, unconditionally, unwaveringly, unfailingly loves little, ‘ole me. Do you know you are loved too? But I think I will take a minute to bask in His love.
It’s easy to believe in the love of God, on days like these; sunny, bright, warm, beautiful days. But when one cold and snowy day matches into another and then another, and still another, smiles are a little bit harder to find. On days like these, I hurdle very closely in the Word of God and remind myself with family, friends and music, that I am loved by the God of the universe, even though I may not FEEL it.
Did you know that trust isn’t a component of love? Love requires absolutely nothing from the next person. True love loves freely. It does not come with limits, nor obligations, not even responsibilities; it needs nothing from us. Love simply loves, just because, even if and in spite of; love loves. Love loves because we are created in His image, love says we are worthy of love just because we exist. Love doesn’t care whether we break our promises, love says it doesn’t matter if we commit the most heinous offense. Love is impartial, it shows no preference for the prettier and younger, or the taller and thinner. Love isn’t selective. Love says we do not have to do, we just have to be!
On the other hand, trust requires that we do. Trust says, I must keep my word, I must be a woman of my word, my yea must be yea and my nay must be nay. Trust is built on time and has layers. Trust requires knowledge of the next person. It requires an intimate relationship. According to trusty (yep, I did it) Google, Trust is defined as – to have confidence, faith or hope in someone or something. Trust can also have limits; so far and no further. Trust can be lost, and it can also be gained. It is flexible and if bent too far, it can be broken. It is rare for a person to be trusted completely, in all matters.
I am rarely on time for anything, but sometimes, I arrive with 10 minutes to spare. I may or may not be on time. I have been known to break my word at times. Sometimes, it was beyond my control but other times, I chose to prioritize something else completely. Don’t worry, I’ve lived long enough to know, that’s true for all humans. We can be trusted in some things, but unfortunately not in everything.
Until recently, I thought I needed to trust you, in order to love you. But the truth is trust isn’t a part of love. The Lord requires that I love my enemies. There is a reason for the enmity, right? It certainly wouldn’t be wise to place my trust in someone, who is obviously hostile toward me. But love them , I must, because obedience to the Word of God is exactly what I’ve been called to do, as a Christian. They deserve my love, because they are created in the image of the Holy, Righteous and Good God, just like I am. Love is free from me to you. However, trust isn’t free. It demands obligations and responsibilities from the person, in whom I’ve placed my trust. Love doesn’t need time, but trust does. Love tells me, I need to surrender, and I may even need to offer a few sacrifices. Trust, on then hand, places a limit on my sacrifices. You have to be, for me to love you. You have to do, for me to trust you. Love has no requirements, whereas trust has a list of requirements.
I do know SOMEONE that can be trusted completely. He never, no never breaks His Word. His Word is His bond. If He says it, it is guaranteed because of His very nature. He is God. He can be trusted to always be on time, because He is not limited by time. He can be trusted to ‘supply all our needs’. He can be trusted to protect, to provide and to always be present. He is trustworthy in everything. He cannot fail, it’s not part of His perfect attributes, failure simply isn’t an option.
Go ahead, love me, my friends; you don’t have to trust me.
Is there someone you trust completely? Apart from the Lord, is it possible to trust someone completely?