I was doing some shopping at a local department store recently, when I heard the sound of a small child crying nearby.
I walked to the end of the aisle I was on, and two aisles over I saw him. He looked to be about 4 years old. Tears streamed down his cheeks, his little face contorted into a mask of fear.
I walked over and squatted in front of him.
“Are you OK?”
He pointed away from him, toward another section of the store.
“Are you lost?” I asked him.
He nodded his head.
“Come on,” I said to him. “Let’s see if we can find someone.”
I turned to walk in the direction he pointed, and he followed right after me. Before we had even taken two steps, he reached up and took my hand in his own.
I was shocked! This child didn’t know me. He didn’t know if I was a nice man who would help him, or an evil man who would harm him. But for some reason, he trusted me. He trusted me to help him, and of course that’s what I did.
Not very far away, the little boy’s mother and father came out from another aisle, looking for him. When they saw him, their looks of relief were matched by his own. He promptly let go of my hand and ran to them.
As I walked away, I kept thinking about the amount of trust that little boy had in me, a man he didn’t even know. Yet, I often have problems trusting my own heavenly father, whom I’ve known now for most of my life.
Why is it so hard to trust God?
Personally, I believe it’s hard to trust God sometimes because we’re more focused on our circumstances than we are on our heavenly father.
When things go wrong, our circumstances are constantly on our minds. The more we focus on them, it seems, the less we focus on God and what he can do about our circumstances.
Our heavenly father can bring us peace. He can bring us release from our worries and concerns. If you don’t know this, I hope one day you will.
My prayer for you is the same as Paul’s prayer for the church in Rome: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.