Parkview COVID-19 Posting #12
Wednesday March 25, 2020
Hello Parkview members and all readers,
Trust is an appropriate theme for the season of Lent. We trust in God! We trust in Jesus! We trust in God’s salvation! Trust means to commit your care, your well-being, your beliefs, your values and principles, your health, your life – everything you hold dear – to the integrity, honesty and justice of someone or something other than yourself. Trust means to expect with confidence, to hope for, to believe in, to depend upon, to confide in, and rely on. Trust is huge. When you trust in someone or something, you are in a way giving permission or handing over what is precious to you to that some thing or some one other than yourself. It’s quite a responsibility when you think of it. You are giving part of the responsibility for yourself to that something else. It’s kind of scary when you really analyze what you’re doing. It’s a scary thing when you truly trust.
What can you completely, whole-heartedly, all of your being, truly trust? With no doubts or fear. No hesitation. Who do you look to? Where do you go? Who, where, when, why, what can you truly rely on with confidence and commitment to trust – God. And Jesus. And the Holy Spirit. That is the true origin of trust. The essence of trust. It begins with them. Our Creator, Saviour, and Sustainer. The beginning of life, the saving of life, the sustaining of life. Your life. My life. Everyone’s life. The world’s life. The universe’s life. Existence’s life. The essence of Life. True trust and truth are found in this Life.
Jesus says: “I have come that they may have life,” (John 10: 10).
Jesus, God Incarnate, says: “Trust in God, trust also in me,” (John 14: 1).
Jesus says: “But when he, the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears…the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you,” (John 16: 13–15).
God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit.
Can we truly put our trust in God? For our care and our well-being? Does God listen? Does God care? Is it true? Can we bring our doubts and fears to them? Can we with confidence ask for direction and guidance?
Here is a true story about trusting in God.
In the early 1900’s, evangelist Solomon Ginsburg was on mission work in South America. After a long and tiring time there, he needed a rest. He decided to travel to North America for a vacation. In those days, it wasn’t that easy to get from South America to North America. You had to catch a steamer across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, and then catch another ship to re-cross the Atlantic Ocean again to get to North America! This is what Mr. Ginsburg had to do. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean arriving in Lisbon, Portugal, where he then planned to cross the Bay of Biscay to get to London, England, where he would then catch a ship to travel to the United States.
When Ginsburg arrived in Portugal, the weather forecasts were warning of terrific storms on the Bay of Biscay. It was dangerous sailing, and he was advised to delay his trip by a week. But Ginsburg was eager to keep going and he decided to pray about it. He turned to his prayer calendar for that day, finding the text Deuteronomy 2:7 – “For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.” The Lord seemed to assure Ginsburg’s heart and mind that his wilderness travels were under divine protection. “The Lord God knows your trudging through this great wilderness – your God has been with you,” said the scriptures.
Ginsburg saw this text as a divine promise that he would be taken care of. He boarded a ship and crossed the Bay of Biscay safely. Without delay, he caught an ocean liner in London, England, and his transatlantic voyage was smooth and peaceful. Only after arriving in the United States did Solomon Ginsburg learn that had he delayed his trip in Lisbon, had he hesitated and postponed his journey, yes, he would have eventually arrived in England just in time to catch the next transatlantic ship: the Titanic.
Blessings on your day, and continue to trust in God!