spiritual life

Misplaced trust

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Corrie ten Boom, Dutch-born Nazi resistance

I thought I knew what I was doing. I did not.

We were having a girls day out, hitting a coffee shop and some antique stores in a downtown historic district. After circling the area several times, I found a single parking space between two driveways. I plunked some coins in the meter and off we went.

Yet, when we came back, there was a ticket on the windshield. What I took for one parking space was actually two. And, what I thought was the “right” meter was meant for the other space.

My intentions were good. I desired to follow the law, or at least to avoid getting a ticket. My actions were appropriate — I put coins behind my intentions, trusting that they would keep me out of trouble. But, my trust was clearly misplaced.

Right intentions + right actions – misplaced trust = Parking ticket

In everyday life, such a mistake is a relatively minor annoyance. The ticket is for $10. In spiritual life, however, misplaced trust can be devastating.

Yet, how many people are placing their trust, their hope in the wrong place? It’s no secret that I believe Jesus is the right place, but I’m not just talking about one religion vs. another. Even among Christians, there are many whose trust is in education, their own abilities, medical advancements, a person or even a political movement rather than in God.

No judgment coming from me. Monday’s are tough enough all by their lonesome. I’m just offering something to think about. Is your trust in the right place?

12 thoughts on “Misplaced trust”

  1. Great post. Such poignant message and analogy! You remind me of a preacher who said, “You can be sincere, but sincerely wrong!” How true this is. Thank you.

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