Trust in God
Today’s article is the second part of a four-part series on the four essentials trusts in Iyanla Vanzant’s book, TRUST.
As a child, some of my first memories of prayer in our home was saying the Blessing before meals and kneeling around my dad and mom’s bed saying the rosary. It was easy to accept the prayer before meals, because the reward was sitting right in front of you. Saying the rosary on your knees and attending weekly mass required much more discipline. When I wasn’t behaving well, the stone-cold look in my mother’s eyes wrote volumes about what I could expect to happen to me when the rosary or mass concluded.
Writing at the age of 60, I’m happy to say that the seeds my parents planted in me at a very early age, grew into my strong faith and love of God. As an adult, my greatest education in learning to trust God came in times of darkness, uncertainty and judgment. In those moments of uncertainty, I just knew all would be right with the world if the people around me would just change. Oh, the irony! Once I accepted healing needed to occur within me, wonderful things unfolded.
In my continuing series, Iyanla Vanzant concurs in her book Trust, “There is no greater battle in life than the battle between the parts of you that want to be healed and the parts of you that are comfortable and content remaining broken. This is a battle between the self-made negative ego—the deceptive intelligence that is hell-bent on punishing you for every poor choice, bad decision, and stumble or fall that you have experienced in your life—and the divine and holy essence of who you are that engenders your freedom from the past.”
It’s an unnatural way of thinking because it’s suggesting you avoid trusting yourself or God. Vanzant continues, “The Holy Spirit reminds you that you must always trust where you are and what you are learning. To learn is to heal, and when you learn something, you know it. When you know something, it changes your behavior. Trust does not require doing. Trust requires that you simply believe!”
My hope in this series of articles is to bring light to the fact that God is always present. I leave you today with these last two thoughts from Vanzant:
“There is really only one thing you have to trust in when it comes to God: that everything is, at all times, just as it needs to be. What you can trust is that whatever happens is what is required for your growth and evolution, and that process is good, even if it hurts a little or a lot. “
“Trusting God also requires that we grow the muscle that recognizes that all things are working together to move life forward—all life, not just your life. When you understand, know, and recognize that life is an ever-moving, ever-growing, and ever-evolving process, you can trust that even when you can’t see it and don’t understand it, something better than what you now know is unfolding.”
Originally published in the Bay City Tribune on Sunday, February 26, 2017.