❝Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.❞ Psalm 1:1-3
Reflection by Janelle Taylor
Did you, as a parent, ever stand at the end of a tall slide with your child at the top, scared to come down? Can you remember saying “Come on down baby, I’m right here. I’ll catch you”? Did you ever stop to think, my child trusted me to catch him. My child loved me and wanted to please by obeying me. And did you catch that smile and the squeals and giggles of delight when your child did come down?
That child-like trust, plain and simply put, is what God asks of us. He wants us to trust him in all matters of our lives. How do I build that trust? Being the strong-willed, hard-headed person that I am, it’s easy for me to shoot my mouth off and not follow God’s lead. But when I slow down, pray, and seek God’s guidance, the results are always much better. God is able. God has shown me that if I obey his word, trust him to guide my footsteps and actions, then I, too, can have that inner pleasure of delight.
Listen to the song at right. It’s a song from most of our childhoods, especially if you grew up Baptist like me. The song is the first thing that came to my mind when I read that this week’s theme is Obedience and Trust. The song was written in the mid-1800s after a young man, obviously uneducated and knowing little about scripture, stood before a crowd in a tent revival. He stated “I am not quite sure–but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey.” That one sentence was the inspiration for a song that has comforted and encouraged millions of believers in the years since.