I ran into a friend in the park the other day. While our dogs did dog things, she and I enjoyed some wonderful conversation. This friend, who I will call B because that’s the letter her name starts with, always has interesting questions and topics to discuss.
This day, B tells me, “I’ve been talking to God again.” Intrigued, I asked, “About what?”
She told me her conversations covered “a lot of everything.” But before I could dig out any one thing in particular, B looked beyond me and the dogs, and just sort of whispered into the wind, “I told God, not yet. I don’t know if I am ready to trust you.”
Her confession hung in space for a moment before she shifted her focus back to me, hoping I had the answer. But how do you convince someone to trust God? All I could say was, “God isn’t forcing you to decide. God is just standing here, vulnerable like we are, waiting for us to say ‘Yes.’”
I can see why B was nervous. Look what happened to Noah when he said yes to God. Same thing with Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, and Mary. God used them in ways they never thought possible about themselves. Same is true when Rev. Dawn, Rev. Bob, Pastor Carol, and I said all said “Yes” to God.
Yet, it wasn’t our yes that got us to where we are today, but God who first said yes to us. “As surely as God is faithful, our word to you is not “Yes and No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, was not “Yes and No,” but … in him every one of God’s promises is a “Yes…” (1 Cor. 1:18-20)
Trusting God begins first by agreeing to trust. And a simple yes, is all it takes to begin your spiritual journey.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”