“Do you trust me?” says Aladdin to the skeptical Jasmine. She’s nervous. Scared. Hesitant. He’s on a flying carpet that doesn’t look safe, even if you do “keep your hands and arms inside the carpet at all times.” But she gets on. Jasmine is ready for another adventure because she knows he’s trustworthy from their encounter in the street.
“Do you trust me?” God says to me. I don’t know if anyone else experiences this, but my life can get crazy sometimes. This past week has felt like an upside down loop, over and over on the “carpet” of my life. There’s a point I get to in my prayer life when I feel like a little kid pounding on her dad’s chest in a temper tantrum.
Almost daily, God has to remind me of who I am … and who He is. All I have to do is look back to yesterday, last week or last year to see how God has taken care of me above and beyond what I expected, and will continue to take care of me today. But no matter how much I know in my head that God is trustworthy, sometimes it takes my heart longer to catch up.
I feel like I don’t deserve how patient He is with me. He simply asks, “Do you trust me?”, again and again, day after day. I hear the words of scripture speaking to my own heart. God lovingly asks me “Will you get on the ride, and stay on for the twists and turns? Will you walk on the waves? (Matthew 14:29) Will you cast out into the deep? (Luke 5:4) Will you follow me anywhere?(Luke 9:58) Will you stay at the foot of the cross?”(John 19:25)
When life is going great it’s easy for me to say “Yes! I trust you!” But it’s in the tough times that God asks me to prove my love and faith. In those times I’d rather run the other way than hop on that carpet again.
So I had a rough week – oh well. It’s just the adventure that God has for me. I know that next on the carpet ride comes the part that’s “shining, shimmering, splendid.” Today, I can trust Him. Tomorrow, I’ll pray for that grace again.