Trust—An All-or-Nothing Choice

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
~ Proverbs 3:5-6 ~

Trust, like an action potential, is an all-or-nothing event.

Today, I was making the oat flour mixture for my bread, when I put it in the wrong bag. “Oh no!” I cried out, and my daughter said, “What’s wrong?” When I told her what happened, she replied, “Well, it’s an opportunity to trust the Lord!”

With my daughter looking at me, I had to quickly choose whether I was going to throw away the mixture or trust the Lord to keep me. I started to make the bread.

But then, as it was cooking on the stove, a new conversation started in my mind, “I can microwave the flour. Um, no, that’ll scorch the flour. Microwave the bread after it’s cooked. Hmm, . . . that’s a possibility.” And so my thoughts ran until they were stopped by this realization, “If I put my bread in the microwave, am I partially trusting the Lord to take care of me?”

Enter the “action potential” lesson (from our study of the nervous system). An action potential is a nerve impulse that travels down a neuron’s axon in response to a stimuli. It is an all-or-nothing event—it either does or does not happen. “Ah,” I thought, “the same principle applies to trusting God—I can trust Him fully, but I cannot partially trust Him, ’cause it’s the same as not trusting Him.”

Five minutes later I was eating my bread, without microwaving it, trusting my Savior to protect my body.

Oat flour stovetop bread, as made by Noah.

Oat flour stovetop bread, as made by Noah.

I did what Proverbs 3:7-8 says and I believe that our Lord, who is faithful, will keep me. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.

Thank You, Father, for giving me an opportunity to trust You, and for instructing me in the way I should go. I will not forget this lesson because it is tied to human anatomy, my daughter’s growth in You, and it quenched fear. Blessings, honor, and glory belong to You, my Lord, for Your daily teachings in living the abundant life promised to us, by Jesus, in John 10:10, The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. In Jesus’ precious name, amen.

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