You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
An Invitation to Trust
In his book Ruthless Trust, Brennan Manning writes of his own journey toward trust: “The challenge to actually trust God forced me to deconstruct what I had spent my life constructing, to stop clutching what I was so afraid of losing, to question my personal investment in every word I had ever written or spoken about Jesus Christ and fearlessly to ask myself if I trusted him.”
In our relationship with God, trust is everything. Manning describes trust as, “the preeminent expression of love.” Trust is the lifelong journey. Trust is all we are asked. Trust is all we are given. Trust is the mystery into which we are invited. Trust is the transformation to which we are called. At the table of the Lord, we are invited to surrender all we have and trust him for our nourishment.
Yet when it comes to trust, Manning writes, “We do not have to do anything, except let our unworthy, ungrateful selves be loved as we are. Trust happens! You will trust him to the degree that you know you are loved by him” (178). “What does lie within my power is paying attention to the faithfulness of Jesus” (97). Trust grows in us only when we spend time seeing Jesus – when we see who he is and how he loves us.
This week, let us notice when we experience anxiety, when we are grasping for certainty or clarity, when we are afraid, when we are distracted by the past or the future, when we feel desperate for control. May we grow in our awareness of these signs of distrust. May we embrace these moments as invitations to surrender to the Lord in trust. May we know, a little bit more each day, the love of Christ for us. And may we fearlessly ask ourselves if we trust him.