I first started writing this sometime in late November or early December. I just never got around to posting it.
Oh, the questions children come up with! Recently, I had a conversation go very much like this:
Someone came up with something quite silly. I’m not sure what it was.
“Your parents trust me more than that!” I answered.
Then, one of these sweet girls replied, quite seriously, “How do you know Daddy and Mama trust you?”
How do I know they trust me?
I know they trust me, because they put their seven most precious earthly possessions in my care. They let me look after you and your brothers and sisters.
I change diapers on all three of your youngest siblings. I get to make your meals. I help several of you with your schoolwork. I’m allowed to sing you all to sleep at night, when you’re just too tired to relax and Mama or Daddy need to rest. I get to give you hugs, take you outside to do the chores, read you books, and tell you stories. They let me take care of you when they’re in the room and they leave me alone with you.
They trust me.
I know that if they had any reason to believe that I would be anything but trustworthy, I would, at the very least, be kept under close supervision. I probably wouldn’t be here at all. Your parents regard you as a precious charge, given to them by God, and they are very careful about that charge. And you know what? That makes their trust all the more valuable.
Do they know I’m not perfect? Yes. They couldn’t help but see that. They also know that no person on this earth is going to be so. But by the grace of God, I want to prove that their trust is not unfounded. That I will fulfill their expectations of faithfulness. And where I fail, they trust the LORD to still be in control.
But do you know what else? They are setting an earthly example of how I should live my spiritual life.
It’s so easy to say that I trust the LORD. Words can be easily spoken. But if I truly trust the LORD, I will show it. I’ll leave my most cherished plans in His care, knowing that, unlike me, He won’t even make a mistake. I’ll leave the care of those I hold most dear, in His loving hands, knowing, that unlike me, He won’t fail in anyway.
I might not always like it, but I need to act, when I say I’m going to trust Him. Without the action, the words are empty.
No, I didn’t say all of that to a six-year-old girl. And no, the allegory isn’t perfect. But the LORD used it and I’m thankful.
“Dear Lizzie, I know your parents trust me, because they allow me the privilege of helping to taking care of of you, your brothers, and sisters. I hope that others will be able to see that I trust the LORD even more, because I leave to Him the charge of what I hold most dear.”
To the KING be all the glory!