About this time last year, Shawn shared a simple practice that he uses to remind himself over the course of a week or month to pray for or check in on people with whom he wants to be intentional. He simply sets a reminder on his phone to recur every few days or weeks, and is therefore periodically reminded of that person and their prayer request, and is pushed to pray for them. He challenged us to adopt this same practice if there was something that we need to be reminded about.
Now this isn’t necessarily groundbreaking stuff. Almost all of us use phone reminders to help us remember when to change our oil, pay our credit card bills, or call our parents when we get home. That day however, this simple practice seemed like a new way forward to me. I felt as if I had a new tool in my toolbelt. I quickly grabbed my phone and set it to remind me every Monday morning of one word: TRUST. In all caps.
We had just finished the Trusting God in the Unknown series where we went through how worry, anxiety, and fear all keep us from fully experiencing the fullness of Christ. Shawn described those three as ingredients of a potent cocktail, and, I’ll put it this way, I’m well acquainted with the flavor profile and potency of said cocktail. For me worry, anxiety, and fear have and still do rob me of my ability to fully trust Christ.
And so, every Monday for almost a year, my phone has reminded me to trust. I have needed it to remind me to trust. There have been some Mondays where that advice fell on the rocky, inhospitable state of my soul and had little effect. There were other Mondays where that piece of guidance was like food for my famished soul and gave me strength and faith for the week ahead.
Whether the reminder works or is effective, is sort of irrelevant. I still need it. What I have done is created a way for Jesus Himself to speak to me weekly.
Yes, I set the reminder, and a bunch of 1s and 0s are telling light to be emitted onto the pixels of the screen in the shape of “TRUST”, but every time I’ve read it I’ve read it as Christ himself calling me to trust in Him, directly.
I’ve recently thought a lot about how we do not fully trust someone unless we know them, and through this weekly phone reminder, I’m coming to realize that my constant need for reminding means I just simply don’t know Christ well enough yet. That reminder is Jesus calling me to Himself! He says “Come spend some time with me! Seek me and see how I’ve been faithful throughout history! Listen and see how I promise to be faithful to you!”
We’ve all wanted and longed for and prayed for many things in this world. We’ve spent time on our knees, begging through teary eyes for some of those things, yet there is no longing we can experience that compares to the way Jesus yearns for us to trust in Him.
You know Proverbs 3:5. It’s one of the great coffee cup verses of all time. Its fame is well documented. What I’ve recently seen with fresh eyes is verse 8:
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
It may be true that I continue to wrestle with the surrender and self-denial it takes to fully trust Christ; even still, I can be assured of his relentless, reckless, steadfast pursuit of me. I can be assured of the healing and refreshment that is promised when I turn towards Him.
That’s something I can TRUST.