As amazing as little kids are, with those sweet little fingers and toes and the ability to grip our hearts, they are incredibly dependent. They literally can’t do a thing for themselves. They count on the adults in their lives to feed them, keep them warm, make them feel better, keep them safe, and clean them up. And the really cool thing is that they are okay with that. In fact, they are so okay with being dependent that they never give it a second thought. We buckle them in their car seats, bring them along on errands, plan play dates for them, and sign them up for childcare without ever consulting them, and they just go along for the ride. This is what trust looks like. It’s being able to relax knowing that dad or mom’s got this. Parents can parent and kids can be kids and all is right with the world.
This is true of our relationship with God, too. Taking on the posture of a child comes with an invitation to completely depend on God for everything. We can trust Him to provide, to do what’s in our best interest, and to walk with us when things get rough. Trusting Him allows us to see His faithfulness in keeping His promises, which, in turn, strengthens our bond with Him and builds intimacy and more trust.
Psalm 23 likens our dependency on God to that of a sheep relying on its shepherd. Sheep are pretty helpless creatures…totally reliant on a shepherd to find good grass and calm waters, to protect them from danger, and to bring their wandering selves back onto the path. Those who rely on navigation systems might like how Proverbs 3:5-6 words it:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
In other words, set your GPS to God mode and follow it.
In what areas are you good at trusting God?
Where do you have a hard time letting go and being completely, child-like dependent on God?
Here are some more verses to ponder: Matthew 6:25-34, Hebrews 13:5 and Malachi 3:10 (pronounced Mál-a-kie, not Ma-lá-chee)
Father, teach me what it means to be attentive to your voice and to trust that you know what you are doing so that I can follow you.