How Can We Learn to Trust God?
In today’s society, you do not have to look far to find information designed to feed the fear and mistrust of other people. From social media, to the daily news, to riots and protests on the street, mistrust is being perpetuated by some as the new norm.
Unfortunately, this mistrust oftentimes spills over into our ability to put our full trust in God. What seems like it should be one of the easiest and most elementary steps of faith, many times proves to be one of the hardest. Add to the mix a life filled with tragedy, trauma and abuse, the ability to put trust in anyone, including God, can sometimes seem beyond reach.
How do we learn to put our trust in God?
At Redeeming Life Maternity Home, one main focus is to share the Love of Christ with each woman that comes to live in our home. We long and pray that each will come to know and trust the Lord to take them from a life of crisis and chaos to a life of peace and stability.
One of the easiest ways to teach a new concept is to equate it to something concrete that touches our daily lives. We use pregnancy as a concrete way to compare the baby’s dependence on its mother for its very life to how we need to trust God with our very lives.
Before birth, babies know of only one reality- life within the womb. The womb is a warm, fluid-filled environment, where all the baby’s needs are continually met through the life-giving umbilical cord. As the baby grows, they fill up more and more of the womb. Instead of worrying needlessly about running out of space, the baby feels safe and content, as the womb surrounds and protects them from outside interference.
When the set time has come, the baby moves from the only life they have ever known to a new life outside the womb. At birth, they enter a world filled with the unexpected. Instead of a fluid-filled environment, devoid of gravity, they enter a world filled with bright lights, cooler than normal temperatures, and air that they must instinctively learn to breathe. Instead of the continuous feeding of the umbilical cord, they feel hunger pangs for the first time, and must learn to receive their nourishment by sucking on either the breast or a bottle. So many changes, in such a short period of time, are required of the newborn.
Beyond the inbred instincts to breathe, eat, and fill their diapers, other behaviors are learned by the newborn along the way. They learn that when they cry, their mother makes herself available to meet their current need or distress. As the mother continues to attend to her baby’s needs, the baby begins to realize that when they cry, they can expect their mother to satisfy their need. This learning process called “bonding” is not instantaneous. It takes consistency over a period of time for the baby to learn to trust and regard their mother as a trusted caregiver.
The same is true in our relationship with the Lord. Like the baby in the womb, the life we had before trusting Jesus, whether good, bad, or ugly, was all we knew. But as we became aware of His immense love for us, we leave behind life as we knew it, and begin the “bonding process” with the Lord. Like the newborn learning to trust its mother, we learn that when we cry out to the Lord in prayer, He answers us.
At Redeeming Life Maternity Home, we teach the ladies to see the hand of the Lord at work in all areas of our daily lives. From the first moment that we open our eyes, and see the sun peaking gently above the horizons, we can learn to thank Him for another day and acknowledge “His mercies for us are new every morning.” Throughout the day, we look for opportunities to pray with the ladies about things weighing on their heart. Then as He answers our prayers, we acknowledge and thank Him for His love and sufficient answers.
Learning to trust The Lord does not happen overnight. It happens along the way. Like the newborn baby who cries out to their mother when they are in distress, so we must learn not to rely only upon ourselves as we did before, but to cry out to God in prayer.
Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Our prayer for all of the women we serve through this ministry and for all of you, our precious friends and supporters, is that you trust the Lord as a newborn baby trusts their mother, and receive His assurance that:
His unfailing love will surround us (Psalms 32:10)
He will not forsake us when they seek Him. (Psalm 9:10)
He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6)
He will be our help and shield (Psalm 115:9, 10, 11)
He will deliver us from the wicked (Psalm 37:40)
We will not be afraid (Psalm 56:4).
Redeeming Life is a Christ-centered maternity home that provides a stable environment for single women with unplanned pregnancies. Our structured program provides mentoring, counseling and life skills education to help them become independent and provide for their children as single mothers.