Galen Pearl

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Living in Trust (Part 2 of 3)

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The second image that came to me in connection to living in trust was Peter walking across the water to Jesus. The disciples were in a boat during a storm and saw Jesus walking towards them on the water. Peter wanted to try it out so Jesus called Peter to come to him. Peter left the boat and walked across the water toward Jesus. As long as his eyes were on Jesus, he walked on the stormy sea without difficulty. But as soon as he looked away and saw the waves whipped up by the wind, he became afraid and began to sink. He called out and Jesus caught him up and took him to the safety of the boat.

This image got me to thinking about the importance of maintaining our focus on alignment in trust. As long as Peter was focused on Jesus, he was unconcerned about the storm and about the implausibility of being able to walk on water. It was only when his attention was distracted and he looked away that he lost his alignment and began to falter in doubt. Peter might have benefitted by heeding Stephen Covey’s advice: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

Perhaps some of us can remember a time when we listened to and trusted our inner guidance despite all the logical or practical reasons why we shouldn’t. I know in my own life, amazing things have happened, things I could not have planned or foreseen, when I stepped forward in trust. It has happened enough times that now I listen for the call and follow it in faith (at least most of the time!).

I find it reassuring, however, in Peter’s story that disaster did not follow doubt. When Peter began to sink Jesus took him to the boat where he was safe. Peter didn’t drown; he was simply returned to his normal, rational security. But he missed out on the miracle that was his as long as he walked in trust.

Like Peter, we cut ourselves off from the extraordinary when we ignore our inner wisdom because it doesn’t make sense, because others tell us it’s crazy, because we can’t see where it’s leading us. Sometimes we prefer to play it rationally safe and settle for the ordinary. We open our umbrellas over our heads when the universe is showering us with blessings and guiding us with rainbows. It happens. That’s okay.

But when we take a deep breath and choose to trust with unwavering focus, then, oh then my friends, there is a synchronicity of alignment that allows us to walk on the water of life, undisturbed by the waves, immersed in sacred mystery, forever loved and free.

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. ~Julian of Norwich

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8 thoughts on “Living in Trust (Part 2 of 3)”

  1. Mona R McGinnis

    “Sometimes we prefer to play it rationally safe and settle for the ordinary.” I have succumbed to this in the first month of this new year. I’ve surrendered to the pack wood/shovel snow routine and try to elevate it and revel in it awaiting some transformation not unlike what happens in Nature in this locale. That being said, I wonder if it’s surrender or despondency? “…remember in the winter, Far beneath the bitter snows, Lies the seed that with the sun’s love In the spring becomes the rose.”

    1. What a thoughtful reflection, Mona. Our perspective can find beauty in the ordinary. I’m thinking of the saying — Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood carry water. Same for packing wood and shoveling snow perhaps. Surrender sometimes is only possible in despondency, when we are too tired to make any more effort. Then we let it all go and realize that the letting go is what we needed all along. The “miracle” is sometimes not something grand; sometimes it is the opening that flowers (like the seed under the snow) when we bathe ourselves in compassion.

  2. Hi Galen. Another great post about remembering to “trust”. And because “surrender” is very present in my mind I can see the similarities. Like Peter, if we don’t surrender to the Is-ness of the situation by both keeping our eyes on Jesus OR when doubt creeps in by struggling against the sensation (doesn’t a drowning victim often fight against their rescuer?) we will sink. That all makes perfect sense to me but I still have a niggly voice in the back of my head (my ego no doubt that obviously lives in my brain) that wants to question and deny. I know I’m making progress but ongoing practice is so necessary for me to keep my focus. Reading blog posts like this really helps. Thanks. ~Kathy

    1. Yes, I see what you mean about the similarities. Trust allows surrender in a way, doesn’t it? Very hard to truly surrender if you don’t trust. Seems like we are in tandem here. Thanks for commenting, Kathy.

  3. I focused on the issue of trust as it relates to relationships with other people. I believe a life lived without having at least one person who you can trust to always have your best interests at heart is disheartening. There must be someone to turn to when you are floundering, at a loss for a direction forward, or simply to hug you and offer reassurance.

    Like Peter, without that one other person to be invested in our well being, we can easily sink.

    1. That’s a good point, Bob. I know you and Betty have that with each other — a quality to treasure. It could be a partner, a friend, a relative, or a counselor. Someone that you can count on to answer when you call. Thanks for adding the relationship dimension to the discussion.

  4. Galen I love how you have written about this. I shall try to take your warm words of reassurance and apply them to the challenges of life here on planet earth at the moment. To close ones eyes, to choose not to see, might be the easier path. There is much we could waver about. But, oddly, at the heart of it all, I do have trust in my heart, as looking back, I have been saved many times by a change of plan, circumstance or opportunity. Maintaining the trust is where faith comes in. Thank you so much for the reminder, and the reassurance of your words in this thought provoking post.

    Jean x

    1. “Maintaining the trust is where faith comes in.” Very true, Jean. And I like your description of trust in your heart. That is where trust resides, isn’t it, especially when our head is explaining all the reasons we shouldn’t trust our inner voice of guidance. Thanks for commenting.

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