Webster describes trust as assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something. In the acting classes I used to teach, we did an exercise to see exactly what that means. I had the children pair up and one stands in front of the other. The one in front closes his eyes and falls backwards into the waiting arms of their partner. Most of the time the children peek to make sure that those arms are open and waiting. Another game, called “Blind Walk” has the children form a line with hands joined and eyes closed. They follow only the sound of the leaders voice, who is detached from the group, in order to move from place to place.
It’s important as an actor to be able to trust your fellow actors. If one happens to go off in their own direction in hopes of stealing the stage, he’s breaking that trust which has been developed through the rehearsal process. The same things happen in our daily routine, when we place our trust in others.
It isn’t easy to place trust in someone you don’t know. You haven’t developed a relationship with that person yet. Even those we are closest to can let us down at times. We may have to keep our eyes wide open to believe that they will do what they say.
Who do you place your trust in? Once trust is broken is the relationship ever the same? You can look at broken trust as a piece of paper that is torn in two. It used to be perfect, but it will never be the same again. When that paper is stomped on and crumbled, it will never be able to be restored to what it once was.
Because of our humanity we can never really be capable of perfection, so we must rely on the One who is. God doesn’t make mistakes. He is the epitome of perfection. He is strong enough to catch us when we fall. Even when we stumble He is right there to pick us up again. His Word is truth so we can always rely on it. His mercy is overwhelming and we can depend on it. His love for us is unswerving and we can be assured of it. His forgiveness is unending and we can count on that.
Psalm 56:3-4 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”