25 March 2009

Trust to the Point of Rashness

I was reading more of No Greater Love. It was a portion that I'll copy here, which was profound enough on a general scale, 'just' a "Christian being an example to the lost" kind of passage... I've read this book at least 3 or 4 times, and passages like this other places, and it was great but not revolutionary-- then I reread it in terms of me to my husband-- and I was much more affected.

"We shall instruct by the power of the example of our lives lived entirely in and with Jesus Christ our Lord, bearing witness to the truth of the gospel by our single-minded devotion to and burning love of Christ and His Church, and also by verbal proclamation of the Word of God fearlessly, openly, and clearly... whenever the opportunity offers. We shall sustain the tempted by our prayer...and understanding love, and when opportunity offers, also by enlightening and encouraging words... We shall bear wrongs patiently by offering no resistance to the wicked. If anyone hits us on the right cheek we shall turn the left also; if anyone takes away anything from us, we shall not try to get it back. We shall forgive injuries by seeking no revenge but by returning good for evil, by loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us and blessing those who curse us."
Whew! What an order to fill. Its a good thing that we have supernatural power available to us through the Holy Spirit. Mother Teresa continues (my emphasis):

"The path of loving trust means:
... an absolute, unconditional, and unwavering confidence in God our loving Father, even when everything seems to be a total failure.
...to look to Him alone as our help and protector.
...to stop doubting and being discouraged, casting all our worries and cares on the Lord, and to walk in total freedom.
... to be daring and absolutely fearless of any obstacle, knowing that nothing is impossible with God.
... total reliance on our Heavenly Father with the spontaneous abandonment of little children, totally convinced of our utter nothingness but trusting to the point of rashness with courageous confidence in His fatherly goodness."

If you have a child, you know what it feels like when your child leaps into your arms from a high surface (be it top of the dresser, a tree branch, the side of the pool). They have spontaneous abandonment and they trust to the point of rashness that you will catch them, that you will let nothing hurt them. That we could cultivate such a trust with the Lord!