June 09, 2022
Prayer: Lord, You are the One who sees and knows what obstacles lie ahead in my life. Help me to trust and listen to You. Amen
Scripture: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
Have you ever done a trust walk? I came across some online instructions for this activity that were tailored for 4th graders, but they could easily be used for older students or even adults. In this variation one player: the communicator, guides a blindfolded partner through a maze of obstacles using only verbal directions. Thrilling and a bit nerve-racking, the game builds a sense of trust between the partners, boosting listening, communication, and teamwork skills as they work together to reach their common goal.
In reviewing the description of the activity, I thought about how important it would be to me to know who my partner is first and whether he or she is actually worthy of my trust! It would be very tempting to ignore or modify directions if they go against my instincts or don’t appear to make sense. If I doubted my partner’s trustworthiness, there likely would not be a good outcome!
Doesn’t it seem like navigating life is a trust walk? With so many conflicts and tensions globally and closer to home, do you ever feel as if you are traveling blindfolded? Who to trust, what to believe, where to live, where to work, how to serve? These are all questions many try to answer on their own by relying on their instincts (leaning on their own understanding). Some listen to communicators who may not be trustworthy. As believers, we have the Holy Spirit, our Communicator Partner, who gives us the directions we need to reach our goal: a life lived to the glory of God. The most difficult part is listening to His instructions and trusting them.
Copyright Vicki Milczewsky. To connect with the author, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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