Although I missed the first part of today’s sermon because I was teaching the last Sabbath school class of the year about God as a father (which, as might be imagined from the context of my life, was difficult subject matter to deal with), today’s sermon provided a great deal of thoughtful reflection material about the sort of qualities of little children  that we are to practice in our own lives as far as it relates to God. At least two of the three  are matters that I struggle with to a very strong degree, namely feeling comfortable with being dependent on God and being able to properly trust God and other people. I will freely own that these are major areas where I struggle with in life, and it seemed (as it often does) that there were some aspects of the message that were clearly directed at me.
How does one become comfortable with being dependent on God? In theory, at least, it should not be difficult. Intellectually, it is not a difficult thing to understand the fact that we are beings who were created helpless and dependent on earthly parents, and that the creation of mankind this way (in stark contrast to the way that the rest of the mammal family is full of very self-sufficient youth) clearly has spiritual implications (per Romans 1:18-21). To know that we can trust God to work in our ultimate best interests is easy to do in the head, but not easy to do in the heart. It is, of course, difficult to feel comfortable when one is vulnerable when one’s experiences have not been particularly inspiring of trust and confidence. How one deals with this is a difficult challenge, but not an impossible one, thankfully.
Often trust is built in the heart not through intense study and the acquisition of intellectual knowledge (which I freely confess comes easily to me), but rather through actions. I know of some people, for example, who enjoy demonstrating the trust that they have in others through a “trust fall,” where they fall backwards in the confidence that others will catch them before they get a bump on their head or a bruised tailbone for their misplaced trust. This particular action can be seen as a type or a metaphor for other actions of that kind, which are designed to increase our confidence in others that they have our best interests at heart and are able to help us. After all, considering the resources that are available, it is a shame to waste our lives our well-being seeking to do extremely poorly for ourselves what God wishes to provide for us if we will only recognize our need for Him.
While I am not sure whether it is a good thing or not, it is fairly obvious to me which areas of life are matters I simply do not do well for myself. Not only is it obvious to me, but it is usually fairly obvious to anyone around who is even moderately observant. Recognizing one’s vulnerabilities is one thing, but being able to deal successfully with those vulnerabilities is a different matter. How to learn to be able to trust others appropriately (along with God) and how to understand our vulnerabilities and the vulnerabilities of others yet to behave in such an honorable way that we do not take advantage nor are taken advantage of us is a matter of supreme importance. It simply remains to develop that trust and that confidence in the heart, rather than let it remain as only head knowledge.
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