I have been so challenged to walk and trust, trust and walk, and walk and trust some more lately. It's a funny thing, isn't it, how we as Christians will learn a lesson, walk pretty well for a while and apply the lesson learned, then somewhere along the way forget what we learned and have to learn it all over again. I am finding that each season of life has lessons, often each day has lessons, and that they are frequently repeated.
A friend of mine has probably taught me more about trusting the Lord than anyone I know. Through good times and hard times, through all the in-between times, he has a philosophy of trusting the Lord and relying upon Him unlike anything I've seen. Where the world and even the Christian community at times would think his approach is kind of crazy, he solidly believes that the commands we are given to trust the Lord, rejoice always, and in all things give thanks are really, truly commands to be lived out. He does a pretty darn good job of it and in so doing challenges me greatly.
What stops us from trusting the Lord? Or rejoicing during the difficult times? Or giving thanks when we don't feel like it? I think it has a lot to do with the fact that we just do not want to give up control. We want what we want and regardless of whether those things might be good things to want, we often do not want to give them up. In practicing a life of trust, we have to repeatedly "give up" everything to the Lord. We have to be willing to place ourselves, our "things," and our hopes, desires, and dreams upon the alter before the Lord. We have to take our hands off proverbial the steering wheel of our lives and allow the Lord full control to drive in whatever way He sees fit. And that is the challenge. To truly and in every sense "let go" and let God direct your life.