“Password?” I ask, scooting aside, waiting for my ministry partner to type in her code to access her Facebook account. She is my friend too, but this day we are knee deep in church work and we are using her computer and account to run an ad.
“______________,” She blurts out instead of taking her place to secretly enter the series of letters, numbers, and characters that will open her page.
This is not an uncommon occurrence, this instantaneous sharing of important personal (seems to me anyway) information when I give her a chance, and even expect her to keep it to herself. I have set up email accounts for her. I have entered her credit card information (granted, I don’t have a photographic memory, so that’s probably safe enough). I know exactly where she keeps her list of login information for numerous things–social media, email, billing accounts, you name it, it’s on that list and I know where she keeps it. Often, I have the key to her house and if I don’t, I know where one is (I think).
This is trust. This is trust, and I don’t take it for granted. I know not all of her friends, acquaintances, or co-workers have so much access to her life. When she demonstrates her trust of me, I notice. I don’t just pass it off as normal. No, when she hands me her key or rattles off her passwords, I know I am honored.
Trusting someone, whoever it may be, gives them a place of honor in your life. There is someone who asks us to trust Him, to give Him a place of honor that no else gets, who asks us to trust Him not just with house keys and passwords, but with the innermost parts of our being. God. He wants our trust.
For those of us who choose to trust God, why? I turned to social media with this question. Here are my paraphrases of the top responses.
It takes the burden off me, relieving stress.
There is freedom in surrender.
It relieves pressure and brings peace, joy, and increased faith.
There is really no other way, I can’t handle the toughest parts of life on my own. It means having another hold me.
Without trusting God, I wouldn’t be here today.
I want to control everything, but the reality is, I can’t, so I must trust the one who has control.
God is the only one who can meet my every need.
If I trust God, there is somebody else to blame.