It is natural, of course, for children to trust their parents. They accept without questionning that their parents love them and will "not give them a stone if they ask for bread" or "give them a snake when they ask for a fish" (Luke 11:11).
This natural trust which we all have at birth continues as we grow up until some day someone hurts us for the first time. We become wary and careful to protect our vulnerability. Our trust dies a little. We become more selective in whom we trust and how much we trust different people.
It is in our nature to be careful and self-protective in this way. To trust everyone explicitly without question borders on immaturity or naivety to the extreme.
So, how do we get to totally trust an unseen God? A God we have grown to believe in, and now we purport to trust that He loves us and has our best interest at heart?
How do we trust Him when/if we've experienced frequent un-answered prayers; or when things go wrong in our lives?
Sure, it is easy to say glibly "Trust in God", He wants the best for us, He loves us, and so on.
But at what point do we really trust Him above all else and say "Thy will be done" and honestly mean it?
Regardless of the outcome of the situation, however bad it may be, we trust Him all the same. Because we know deep in our hearts that He will see us through our current difficulties.
It seems impossible doesn't it? To totally trust an unseen God without question. Just like a child.
But we have examples of others who have done just that.
The Virgin Mary trusted Him so much that she declared "let it be as God says", when she was visited by the Angel Gabriel.
Joseph trusted Him too when he took Mary as his wife.
Paul, Peter and the other early followers of Christ trusted Him too even when thrown into jail several times, were beaten, persecuted, stoned and put to death. They didn't say "Enough with all that. God has let us down many times and let us be imprisoned and beaten".
They still held on to their trust. Even to the point of death itself. They still trusted God and His Son Jesus.
I suppose it is by surrendering their all to God. Literally giving their everything, their lives even, to God, in the full knowledge that, whatever happens, it will be for the good. They literally accepted that their lives were not their own and that their God, the God in Whom they trusted, would protect them even if it meant that they would die for Him.
These days of macho-liberated culture, we tend to consider surrender as a weakness.
In fact it is a strength.
Can you imagine the will-power and concentration of mind required to say "I totally trust you God, no matter what happens. You will look after me and my loved ones"?
And really believe it ... yes, really and truly believe it.
To be one thousand per cent certain that all will turn out all right?
This is no sign of weakness, no sign of surrender; but an act of strength and faith in the extreme.
To many this may seem impossible. Too difficult a proposition. Against our very nature to be wary and suspicious.
Perhaps so. But it should not stop us from trying.
And when our trust falters. When we hesitate and perhaps our "inner voice" makes us doubt His true love. We stop, ask His forgiveness, and start once again.
Through His grace He will lift us up and renew our trust in Him once again.