We are days away from one of the most critical and historic elections in American history. After that, the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.) It seems, and God knows best, we will still be dealing with COVID-19 while trying to celebrate and spend time with family and loved ones. We will have to exercise caution while shopping and moving about this holiday season.
Therefore, it is important that we practice trusting in God. But first, we must know what this truly means. The practice is used a lot in religious and spiritual circles, but do we really understand what it means to trust in God? First, it is just like it sounds. We trust and rely upon God to take care of all our affairs in the best way, according to His Will. No matter what the affairs are: spiritual, financial, relational, emotional, physical, etc.
However, what is often misunderstood is, we believe trust comes first. And in the worst cases, some people believe, this is all that is required. But the proper application of trust in God is that we must ACT. Not only that, but we must perform actions first. I will quote a tradition that succiently makes this point.
God says in a Holy tradition, “I am to my servant as he thinks of Me. I am with him when he remembers Me. When he remembers Me to himself, I remember him to Myself. When he remembers Me in a gathering, I remember him in a gathering greater than his (i.e. in front of the Angels.)”
What is a consistent theme in this tradition? The answer is, we must go first. (When he thinks of Me, when he remembers Me, etc.) Why? Because God doesn’t need anything from His creation. We need Him for everything; therefore, we must go first.
Trusting in God is no different. We must perform acts and then trust that He will bring about the result that is best for us. Let me quote a tradition that gives us a beautiful explanation of what trust in God is. The tradition says, “If you trust in God the way you (humans) should. He would provide for you the way he feeds the birds. They leave their nest in the morning with their bellies empty and they come back at night with their bellies full.”
They leave the nest. After they leave, they trust that God will lead them to their provisions. So, while we’re shopping and celebrating this year, wear a mask, keep your distance, don’t touch your face, and wash your hands often. But know! God is the only One who can protect us. Enjoy yourselves.