Trust Me

halo and mac

Halo and Mac

“Come on Mac,” I urge, leading the gelding out of the paddock.

“Hold up, Halo,” I direct the mare attempting to squeeze out the gate by following close on Mac’s heels.

I lead Mac in front of the barn to strip and fold his blanket before leading him out to pasture. As I remove his halter, Mac instantly turns toward the pasture gate, looking expectantly for Halo…stepping tentatively toward the open gate as though contemplating running back to the paddock.

“No, no!” I caution, “Don’t come back out.”

Closing the gate, I continue, “I know you’re worried about her. It’s okay.  I’m going to do what’s best for both of you.  Trust me.”

Our two Palominos have become virtually inseparable, each pining for the other anytime they are apart.

As I walk back toward the barn, I hear Halo snorting and blowing her lips. Approaching the paddock gate, I shake my head, snorting and blowing in playful imitation.  “It’s okay, girl!” I laugh.

Slipping the halter over her nose, I continue, “You don’t like situations you can’t control, do you? Things are happening different from how you think they should, and that frustrates you, doesn’t it?  It’s okay.  I understand.  Just trust me.  I know what I’m doing and I have your best interest at heart.”

I smile to myself, as I lead Halo around to care for her before turning out to pasture with Mac.

Although I am neither a horse nor a horse expert, I do empathize with their concern and frustration. I also get concerned when those I love are outside my protection zone.  I also tend to get frustrated when circumstances outside my control seemingly spiral in a direction against my will.

And those words of comfort I spoke to the horses…those are the same words the Holy Spirit whispers to me in times of need, “It’s okay. Don’t worry.  I know what I’m doing and I have your best interest at heart.  Trust me!”

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. (Luke 12:27-29)

How do you trust God with difficult situations?

 

[Linked to Messy Marriage, Unforced Rythms, Wellspring ]

 

14 thoughts on “Trust Me

  1. Good question, Joe. It took a long time for my faith to become alive. I was holding on to, “I have to do something, which brought me further down.” The words, “Just trust me” are a trigger for me. They were frequently used by the X and usually meant hold on tight because something is about to go terribly wrong. It is hard to take those words and apply them to trusting God.

    I have come more so to say, I have Faith in the Lord. He has brought me through much over the last few years and has proved that he is right here with me. I left the abusive X and not once have I been in need of anything. Both of my daughters lost there jobs recently. One had another one within a week, the other and her new husband set up a budget that is doable and are patiently waiting for something else to come along.

    Prayer and staying in the Word are my outlets. If your gas tank runs dry, your car is not getting anywhere. The same is with keeping your heart full of the Spirit and Faith. Crying out to Jesus when things aren’t as you think they should be puts perspective on any situation.

    Those palominos of yours show great love. Often animals show greater love than we humans do. We should have such horse sense.

    • Yes, I had similar trust issues in a former marriage.

      There is a vast difference between trusting someone who has proven Himself trustworthy as compared to trying to place trust in someone who has repeatedly proven themselves untrustworthy.

      We know the difference intellectually, but it sometimes takes a while for the emotions to catch up.

      And…even with God I had to learn appropriate expectations with which to entrust Him. For many years I trusted Him to heal and restore a marriage that turned out to not be worth restoring. He was consistently faithful through it all…but my expectations had to be conformed to what He has actually promised.

      And, yes, ‘prayer and staying in the Word’…those are essential to learning to trust Him!

      Thank you, Brenda, for including this perspective!

    • “To the reality of the absolute necessity to trust. And to the only One who is trustworthy.”

      Yes! Absolute necessity…only One trustworthy…

      Thank you, Linda!

  2. How do I trust Him? Far too often it is reluctantly. I am afraid to let go of the reigns, though the hold I have is mostly fantasy as I am never really in control anyhow.
    Love your analogy, Joe.

    • Yes…’far too reluctantly…’

      And that sense of control really is mostly illusion.

      That’s part of what I found fascinating in this interaction with the horses…I could see Halo’s frustration at lack of control…recognized it as something I too experience. Yet, I am much more aware than she of just how much she relies on me without realizing it. She is much less aware that all her needs (food, water, shelter,…) are met through me. She thinks she is more in control than she is…that sense of control is her own illusion.

      Much like me with God…

      Thank you, Denise, for including that illusory dynamic. Have a blessed day, my friend!

  3. Such a beautiful metaphor for how God is working and doing what is best for us all the while we worry or try to intervene. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, Joe. I’ve seen a John Piper quote floating around the Internet lately “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” That’s so true and hard for us to see . . . but then “faith” in Him gets us there! Inspiring post, my friend!

    • “…God is working and doing what is best for us all the while we worry or try to intervene.”

      That’s it exactly, Beth!

      Mac and Halo wanted to be cared for and put out to pasture, together. I was diligently working toward the goal they desired. Yet, because it didn’t unfold in the way they thought it should, they became anxious and frustrated.

      I do the same thing with God…

      Thank you, for expressing it so succinctly!

  4. It’s so hard to trust when things are not “What You Thought” and life blindsides you. Thank you for this reminder. I need to cling to Luke 12:27-29 and have so often. I wonder how it is I just as often forget and let anxiety overwhelm?
    Needed this today.

    Donna
    visiting from Playdates With God link up

    • “It’s so hard to trust when things are not “What You Thought” and life blindsides you.”

      Oh, I can so relate, Donna!

      Yes, when rality fails to align with my concept of what my god-led life is supposed to look like, it’s harder to trust…harder to trust my own instincts…harder to trust my ability to hear the Holy Spirit…and harder to trust God to do what I ‘thought’ He had promised.

      When I entered into my first marriage, my vision of how life was supposed to turn out did not include divorce, single parenting, custody battles, remarriage or step-parenting.

      And when I first found myself facing divorce, it was easy to assume that either I had badly failed God or else God had badly failed me.

      Turns out neither was true. God is still faithful. He still leads me. I still pursue Him.

      And I often find myself praying the Serenity Prayer to Him…asking for His peace, courage and wisdom…

      Thanks for sharing this perspective!

  5. Beautiful post! I have trust issues. But I have learnt to trust because I cannot do anything else. I keep reminding myself of the desasters that have happened because I haven’t trusted God. And pray honestly, telling Him that I don’t really trust but I’m trusting even so. And even I have never really trusted, He still has been good and helped me out.

    • “And pray honestly, telling Him that I don’t really trust but I’m trusting even so.”

      Yes!

      I love the words recorded of the father asking Jesus to help his son, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24).

      Thank you, Joanna!

  6. Trust is my word this year. I am focusing everything I have on this because I know that God is in control of ALL things. While I think I can see what is best for me in the short term, it is never better than what God has planned for me. I have devoted myself to prayer and God’s plan for 2015.

    Love how you use the horses to illustrate this. They are such beautiful creatures, I miss mine so much. They certainly require a lot of trust in their rider or it can be an accident waiting to happen. When you have that trust in equine and owner/rider, just as in God and His people, it is a beautiful thing.
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