Reflections of God's Goodness
Trust is an important foundation in every loving relationship. Infants learn trust when their fearful cries for help are answered with nourishment or comfort. That sense of being able to count on someone significant becomes a building block for relationships as the child matures.
So it is with our relationship with God. From the beginning of time, God planned for the good of human kind. Like a loving parent, God made His presence known and invited us to trust in Him.
“Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. . . ."
But our God did not stop there. Through His Word, He continues to speak love and encouragement to us, day after day.
"The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of you,”
“Fear not: I am with you; be not dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you, and I will help you, . . .”
“They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”
God calls us to respond to His words with trust. God wants to enter into dialogue with us, telling us of His love and care, asking us to hear His words with the ears of our hearts! He longs to hear our words of response, “My God, I trust in you.”
As challenges and troubles assail us, our response becomes the foundation for a secure relationship with God, who invites us to know Him with greater depth each year. “My God I trust in you. Thank you for walking with us in the joys and sorrows. Thank you for all your gifts and for being with us always.” There may be unrest all around us and sometimes within us, but our response remains, “My God, I place my trust in you.”
So, friends, let us take the words of St. Paul to heart as we strive “to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, . . . in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God,” Colossians 1:10
Blessings and peace,
Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN