Athletes can be some of the most mesmerizing people. When you see their amazing feats—how fast they run, how high they can jump, how strong they are—it’s amazing just how easy they make things look. But if you’ve ever tried those things yourself, you realize just how easy it’s not, and these athletes will tell you that it took years of hard work and lots of practice.
Just like any sport, trust has to be nurtured and grown. Trust grows in strength the more you practice it. It comes with a conscious effort to push boundaries that may be uncomfortable or scary. It’s looking into the unknown and saying, “yeah, okay, bring it”. Trust takes practice. And not just once or twice—it’s constant practice.
It begins with small steps. Any runner has to learn to walk first, and then comes the consistent practice of moving faster, going farther, until their body is strong enough to take on a race.
Trusting God is a daily practice. The Bible tells us to cast our cares and concerns to God, and to bring these to him with prayer. And then we have to trust. Think of each time you feel anxious or concerned about something. These moments are a valuable opportunities where you can put trust into practice.
With each step of trust, it becomes easier to take the next step. It builds and grows stronger, and becomes easier to do the more you give up control. Handing over control of your finances, your job, even your relationships—it all starts with small steps and trusting God in even the smallest things day by day.
And trust isn’t always fearless. Sometimes it’s a daily struggle, as common as getting up and going to work each morning. It certainly gets easier the more you practice it, but you would be hard pressed to find someone who has always trusted without fear. If there was ever a common prayer out of my mouth, it would be, “I’m afraid, but I trust you.” And then it’s putting one foot in front of the other until you know that the ground isn’t going to fall out from beneath you. Then you’ll reach a point when trusting has become second nature, and you can look back and see how far you’ve come and how much more trusting you are.
How can you step into the big things God has for you, the risks he will ask you to take, if you cannot first trust him in the small things? Trust is an investment, and it certainly pays off. If we want to have trust when it matters, we have to prepare ourselves by building trust in every moment.
Is there an area of your life where you can grow in trust? Perhaps it’s trusting God more with finances, or your relationships. Do you trust him with your job, or that he has a job for you? Wherever you’re at in life, you can begin taking those small steps and know that they’ll lead you to great and wonderful places.