TRUSTING NOT DOUBTING
AN EXERCISE IN LEARNING TO TRUST GOD – so that trust becomes as innate as doubt, with God’s help.
O God, you look through me and have known me, every day. You understand my thoughts. You know all my ways very well. Even before I speak a word, O God, you know it all. Psalm 139
From the book: BECOMING, A Practical Journey through Lent.
Each time we feel ourselves doubting, pray for help with it. Ask for God’s help and God will show us how to trust instead.
Ask for a mantra to repeat, if this is helpful.
Meditate on what it means to trust. Ask God, in prayer, to show us how to do this.
Don’t know how to begin?
One way is to decide to just do it. God’s grace will smooth the way.
Sit in a quiet place, relax and lay aside everything that is on our minds. [It will be there when we are ready to pick it up again.] Think of creation and the infinite care with which God created everything, including us. Picture a way that we are connected to the earth – it could be any natural way that forms a connection for us. We could picture ourselves as a plant or tree, with our roots going deep into the ground. Have fun with this image, by being specific in the details.
Next, think of all that God has put in place that cares for us and all the other creatures of the earth – air, water, sun, earth, etc.
Then consider the gifts of love, joy, and grace that God provides for our care. Let grace help with visualizing these.
By now, God may begin leading our thoughts to more things than we have considered before. Reach out with our mind and heart to embrace all that God gives us. We may be shown visions or feel something at this point. Let this go as long as you wish and simply open your eyes when you feel ready.
From this point on, it will be easier to pray on the spur of the moment and ask to have doubt turned into trust. Do this at any time during the day and it will soon become a matter of course, where we hardly have to think about it.
End each day by thanking God for the grace within us that has made this possible. Notice how the days become easier to get through without doubt interfering in our living with God. Struggles will diminish and may disappear.
Praise God for the infinite care grace provides in showing us new ways of living. Loving God, we are grateful for the care and guidance you give us, as we take steps to become closer to who we are meant to be. Melt our doubts and show us all the ways you have our backs. Amen. PEACE From the book: BECOMING, A Practical Journey through Lent.