Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)
Dictionary.com definition of the word trusting:
- Inclined to trust;
Quotes on the word trusting (Goodreads.com):
- Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
- The best way that you can find out if you trust someone is to trust them.
- Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
- To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.
- The most important form of trust we can have is our trust in God.
T: Trusting Tammy’s Story:
“As a young child, Tammy can remember her camping and hiking vacation trips with her family. She enjoyed hiking up the mountain side toward a waterfall and climbing over the huge rocks from time to time along the trails. She could remember her dad encouraging her to take her time and to put one foot in front of the other to maintain her balance in walking along narrower sections of a trail. Whenever Tammy would get tired, her father encouraged her to hold onto his hand as he guided her up the pathway to the waterfall.
Tammy loved the outdoors; hiking became a part of the norm during the summer vacation time with her family. She joined camping and hiking groups during high school and even in college so that she could continue her adventures.
As a young adult, Tammy joined a newly formed group in her community: The Trailblazers. Their local chapter discussed the possibilities of expanding their hiking experiences by “climbing a mountain.” Tammy was so excited that she looked up the best beginner mountains to climb and presented them to the group during their Spring meeting.
The first mountain was Yosemite Park’s “Half Dome”–This mountain was a granite peak with an elevation of 8,824 feet (2,695 meters). It was a 17-mile round trip climb and would take approximately 10-14 hours to complete.
The second mountain was near Colorado Springs: “Pikes Peak”–On the east side was the ‘Barr Trails Route.’ It had an elevation of 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and was a 13-mile round trip climb. This was the most popular route of the two listed, as it had no hard terrain to tackle and was accessible by road–someone could pick you up at the top instead of hiking back down.
The Trailblazers decided to tackle the “Half Dome” at Yosemite Park in July that summer and Pike’s Peak in early October. Preparations began as soon as the meeting ended. Since Tammy worked from home, she could take her vacation weeks at her own discretion. She was ready to tackle mountain climbing at this time in her life. She began an exercise and eating program so that she could be fit to hike both mountains.
‘You got this,’ she heard her dad say. ‘You can do anything you put your mind to. Don’t ever let go of your dream and trust in God to help you along the way.’ Tammy needed these encouraging words more than ever as the days drew near to conquer both mountains. The Trailblazers were able to conquer both mountains that July and October and enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment during their followup December meeting.
What was next? The Trailblazers decided to go international and selected Mt. Fuji in Japan. Mt. Fuji has an elevation of 12,388 feet (4,000 meters) and is the tallest mountain in Japan. The climb to the top is a manageable 10-hour climb and more than 300,000 people trek to this Summit, making the stratovolcano one of the most climbed in the entire world. The trails are well-marked and you can rent a mountain hut along the way to watch the sunset. Since July to mid-September was non-snow weather to climb Mt. Fuji, the group decided to hike this mountain in September.
With all the preparations made, including travel arrangements and up-to-date passports secured, the Trailblazers set out for their trip to Japan. On the day of the climb, everyone was in awe of the magnificent view of the mountain and the excitement mounted as they headed to the foot of the climb. Before they began their trek, Tammy suggested that they pray and ask God to be with them once again as they set off on their new adventure. With hearts filled with anticipation, the Trailblazers began their most exciting climb to the top. All fears were alleviated as they trusted and put their confidence in God who created everything.
When they returned from their trip, the group was asked to share their experiences with another hiking group. One of the first questions asked was ‘what next.’ As the Trailblazers looked at each other smiling, one thought was on their minds: Mt. Everest anyone?”
We all have those mountains/trials in our lives that we need to tackle or climb and sometimes fear holds us back from actually getting started. Trust in the Lord today to help you with whatever obstacles are standing in your way and that are keeping you from realizing a goal/dream that you may want to accomplish. Pray and ask God to help you trust Him and believe that He will do a good work in your heart and life.