As a child, I was always afraid of the water. I failed my swimming class. I cried when I had to get my hair washed. I even despised water on my face. But, one day my family and I went on vacation and my dad put me on his back, and took me all the way out in open water where I could no longer see the bottom of the ocean. Even with all my past fears of water, I knew my dad would never drop me or even get too much water on my face. Although I was nervous, I trusted my dad to lead me out into the water and never let me fall.
But, trusting my dad to take me out into deep water didn’t happen overnight. We built a relationship. We experienced situations that allowed me to trust him in life, and in the water. Just like in any relationship, we typically don’t give our trust to anyone at the first meeting. However, over time we learn the characteristics, desires and intentions of a person which eases our fears and allows us to trust.
This parallels our relationship with God. Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, trusting God in every area of our lives is a process. As we spend time with God getting to know Him and His will through prayer, worship, Bible study, etc., we will be able to continually go into the deep waters of purpose, trusting God to lead us every step of the way.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV)