The easiest thing to do is to trust; the most difficult thing to do is trust. Basically, by trusting we give control to someone else. When we recognize the presence of God within us, it is easy to have complete trust. When we do not feel the presence within, we doubt! From Proverbs: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (3:56)
This does not mean blind faith or trust! In church, we hear the words of Jesus; we have confidence in what we hear; we know that the Word of God is alive and well within us. We have no doubts; we trust Christ; we trust God. Jesus asks that we see all as children of God. We then recognize and praise the image of God in all whom we meet.
This is the difficult part; we are blinded by what the person looks like or what he represents. “Turn the other cheek!” How difficult! This is when we embrace, the trust we experience in church, when love is abound in us.
When I first began practicing this, I stumbled often; but now it is something I do automatically. And surprise, surprise! I now see the face of God, the spirit of Christ dwelling within each person I meet, and they become friends.
Try it and feel as blessed as I am with each new friend I meet.
© Russell Kendall Carter