Someone sent me this drawing yesterday. She is learning the beautiful, but sometimes painful lesson of trust.
This is a lesson God wants us all to learn. From the time we are aware of God working in our lives until the day we die, we will be asked, “Do you trust Me? Or do you just say that you do?”
As C. S. Lewis so aptly stated: ”
“If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is not part of the Christian faith.
Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak.
We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
It’s not that we want wonderful things that is the problem – it is that the things we want are not wonderful enough! “I want more” is not a bad desire!
But we hold on to trinkets and dollar-store substitutes rather than all that is Good and Beautiful and True.
I like the little drawing above – I especially liked that the dear soul who sent it to me is doing the hard work of struggling through whether or not she can let go of the cheap substitutes that she has been clinging so tightly to. But I do have an issue with this portrayal, and that is this: the teddy bear that is being offered to this child is far too small a gift!
Jesus offers us so, so much more than a bigger toy. He offers us Joy and Peace. He offers us new dimensions of every single human emotion. He offers us pressed-down-shaken-together-soul-satisfying fulfillment in ordinary and spectacular ways. How? He offers us Himself. There’s no blind acceptance necessary – he’s clear and honest about what we receive when we receive him as the gift. We get everything because he paid everything.
If you are afraid that yielding your life over to King Jesus will make you miserable and kill all your fun, ask yourself why you are willing to settle for such shallow, fleeting, temporary substitutes that leave you empty and always wanting more, when Jesus offers you the real thing that fills and quenches and slakes every thirst and desire you could ever have. Don’t let bad examples of his followers ruin the perception you have of Him. We’re all in the process of becoming more like him – but we all have such a long way to go. Look past his children and see Him.
We all need to stop being deceived into thinking that there could be any lasting contentment or peace in anything other than the One who is Everlasting Peace.
So I ask again, “Do you trust God? Or do you just say that you do?” The answer makes all the difference.
As always, I welcome your comments.
PS. I searched and searched for the artist of the above drawing but kept coming up empty-handed. If you know who the artist is, please let me know so that I can give credit due. Thanks.