Somehow, Moses’ capacity to trust had withered as he grew older. Here, at the end of his life journey, he let himself get all worked up steps away from the fulfillment of his dream. Like an exasperated miner stomping out of the mine after days of digging in the dark. Little did he know he was just one strike away from a cluster of diamonds.
Maybe trusting God sounds like hanging on by your finger nails. Sometimes it can be that way. But the essence of trust is resting in God’s promises. The Psalmist said, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.” It’s not about striving with clenched teeth. Trusting means resting.
After we walk our kids to school in the morning, we do not worry about them during the day. The school system in St. John’s County has a proven track record. They always provide a healthy lunch, supervised instruction, and some exercise during recess. We show up at the right time and pick them day after day. In the same way, God has proven himself to be trustworthy. We can entrust him with all our questions, burdens, worries, and cares.
As researchers in every field of science continue to uncover the mysteries of the world, they see what they call elegance. In all created things, there is a simple beauty, like a Mozart sonata. Complicated, intricate pieces are connected holistically, so you don’t notice the individual parts. From the smallest atomic particle to the most massive star, creation is like a work of art or poetry. Alyssa Goodman, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said this about elegance in science, “There is something about the way things fit together, a kind of fluidity.”
Where does this beauty come from? Colossians 1:15-17 says, “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
This is a massive statement on the person of work of Jesus Christ. For most, Jesus is the gentle baby in the manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes. Before Bethlehem, he was before all things. In him all things were made, and today his arms hold all things together. The hands that made the beauty we’re still trying to understand are at work today holding it all together. The mighty arms that hung on the cross bearing the sins of the world now carry us. This is our God, and he’s promised to care for us. The insurance company All-State says that we are in good hands, but nothing compares with the assurance Christ gives. Let us trust him more each day