Certain assurance in an uncertain world
The story is told of a missionary in the 19th century who journeyed to the New Hebrides Islands in the South Western Pacific. He had a goal to translate the Bible to the language of native inhabitants. He was perplexed that there was no equivalent for the word “believe.”
One day a worker came into his office. He was worn out from a day of hard, physical labor. The worker collapsed into a chair. He further relaxed by resting his feet and legs on another chair. The tired visitor said to the missionary, “It feels good to lean my whole weight on these chairs.” Immediately the statement made by the comfortable worker, “lean my whole weight on,” was noted by the missionary. He had found the right words for “believe.”
Believing is trusting. The tired worker was sure that the chairs were dependable. He relaxed and did not worry about their capability to support him. A few years ago, my brother and I rode across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on our Gold Wing Hondas. We did not concern ourselves in regard to being secure.
Daily demands are very exhausting. Support and assurance are very necessary. Being aware of a source to trust makes life better. Peter, Jesus' restored disciple, wisely and knowingly declared an assuring concept. In his first letter he says, “Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you,” 1 Peter 5:7.
The worker's place of restful recovery did not break. The bridge of scenic enjoyment across San Francisco Bay did not collapse. God's caring hands have been strong to hold and cover. Be assured – he cares!
The Rev. Paul Killingsworth serves as pastor at Yuma First Assembly.