May 28, 2017

Faith for the Faithful (Finding Faith part 2)

“Do you trust me?”

These four words enticed princess Jasmine to join a certain street rat on a magic carpet ride in Disney’s Aladdin.  The same four words appear in James Cameron’s Titanic, as Jack convinces Rose to climb the ship’s railings in the movie’s iconic “I’m flying” scene. And let us not forget that the serpent Kaa, from The Jungle Book, attempts to lure young Mowgli to his doom with the words, “Trust in me.”

In fictional stories, it is often obvious to us which characters are trustworthy and which are treacherous. In real life… not so much. Real people are rarely as transparent as fictional characters, and the consequences for a broken trust in real life do not stay neatly contained on a screen with a handy “off” button. It is impossible to live without putting some level of trust in the people around us, but when things “get real,” when some event in your life requires you to place your absolute trust in someone else…

…who do you trust?
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Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever…
~ Psalm 146:3-6

Or, as the belated rock star Prince asks in a song from the soundtrack of Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie, “Who do ya trust - if U can't trust God? Who can U trust - who can ya?”

All humans, even the ones we love the most, are fallible. They can let us down, whether through infidelity or because they are simply unable to provide help. We may look to community leaders or organizations for assistance, but even the most powerful world leaders have very real limitations.

God, on the other hand, never fails and has no limits. He is omnipotent; all-powerful.  He will be there for us every moment of our lives, if only we trust Him. He will guide us, encourage us, and strengthen us to face whatever life brings our way. He will teach us how to love our neighbors – even to love our enemies! And if we trust Him, we will be with Him in eternity when this life is finished.

If only we trust Him.

Living out one’s faith in God can be a truly wondrous adventure, though it takes place in a world without flying carpets. Acting by faith in response to God’s leading may not take you on a cruise aboard a massive luxury-liner (though I suppose it could…), but you will no doubt find that the rewards for a faithful life are well worth the price of admission. Perhaps best of all, when a certain wily serpent tempts you to follow him towards danger and destruction, God will faithfully be there to free you from the tempter’s snares.

So when life gets tough, ask yourself this question:

“Who you gonna call?”

You know the answer, and it ain’t the Ghostbusters. God answers the prayer phone, every single time.

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