Faith always comes first, but trust is never guaranteed. It is a willful choice, a deliberate action, and can only grow out of your faith.
In Morris’ article, he states that Faith is a noun and trust a verb. Makes sense upon a first reading because trust requires action or non-action from us. Of course, many would say that the non-action part of the word makes it a noun. Trust can be grounded like a rock. We often like to say that dependable people are “solid as a rock”. Just like the rocks in the river, a dependable person or concept, can’t be washed away by the current of life. Perhaps saying the ever-changing currents of life is a better way to put it.
What is trust to you? For me, it is scary as hell. It is scary because it means opening my heart to hurt. Possibly trust can even mean trusting one’s livelihood to loss and pain. The thing about trust is that one never knows if the thing or the person trusted is a pebble or a boulder. There is a difference don’t you think?
Of course, my original question is about noun versus verb. Even in the waiting, it feels that trust is a verb to me. Why? Because when one trusts God or trusts another, it requires waiting. The inaction itself is active because it is a withholding of energy or a redirection of energy to a different place. As a worrier, it means working hard to keep my hands off of a topic, thought, action, and have faith that God is in control. I reach for a problem and then remember I must take my hands back and “let it be.”
As I think of how we talk about faith, we do talk about it as a noun when we say, “…have faith.” To say, “Trust in the Lord” or “trust your instincts” however is a verb, an action. Faith implies the waiting, the suspense, the not-knowing. That’s the thing that is hard about faith and trust for me; the not-knowing. Yet, it is in the not-knowing that faith grows. We are then faced with a dilemma; do we take the risk involved in having faith or trusting?
We all want to be the one who knows. But if we decide we “know” something, we are not open to other possibilities anymore.
Zenkei Blanche Hartman in The Zen of Not Knowing JUL 21, 2015
As I consider Hartman’s quote about not-knowing, I can see that trust is about being open to possibilities. That waiting can mean both the challenging possibilities and the rewarding possibilities. We all want possibilities that will bring rewards, happiness, love, sometimes riches. Life brings what it will. It’s one of the reasons I love watching rivers and creeks.
Of course, rivers and creeks are not always tranquil and not always full. We have no control over how they run or flow. It’s why rivers do make for great metaphors of life. I’m listening to Arvo Part’s music on YouTube. The music meanders like a stream. Sometimes it moves
As I looked for a photo of chimes for this blog, I found one of my favorite tree against the flowing cloudy sky. There is movement and tranquility. The tree stands and trusts the ground beneath its feet. The wind blows overhead. A stream runs below, much farther down the road. The tree is the example of faith and trust I need this morning. As changes occur, it allows things to happen around and nearby trusting that life continues. It worries not about the outcome or the “possibilities”. The tree remains rooted in the goodness of earth.
Perhaps trust is about remaining rooted in the ground of our own goodness. Whatever happens in life will happen. Of course, unlike the tree or the river, we have the option of changing course of our own free will.