It’s the week after Christmas. My daughter and I decide to try a new yoga class… aerial yoga. Yoga… on a sort of hammock like ribbon… hanging in the air. Why not? We’re up for the adventure and head to the studio. We sign our names on the dotted line and begin. Most of the class is first timers and many of us are feeling a bit shaky. I’m thinking what the one in front of me voices.
I hope this thing will hold me.
The class begins and we spend time getting used to this contraption. We put our feet in it while holding a plank (this is an exercise where you hold your body weight on elbows and toes)… ugh! We stretch and give our weight over to the swing and then it’s time. Time to climb up into the air and see what happens.
As we begin a pose I’ve done many times on floor level I hear our leader say, If you have a control issue or trust issue these exercises are good for you. Ouch! I’m convinced all of us have some of these issues, to some degree, and God lovingly spends a lifetime trying to convince us we can trust His control. As the class ends and I head home I realize I just learned a few trust lessons from an unexpected place.
Lesson 1: Trust is a building process… a growing relationship.
There is a reason we started slowly in class. Leaning on the swing… allowing it to hold some of our weight. When it was time to step up, I discovered I wasn’t worried whether or not the swing would hold me. It had proven its strength.
Our relationship with God is much the same. We begin by trusting Him with the little things. Discovering over time, He is more than trustworthy to hold us. As I trust the weight of my life to Him, He proves He is strong enough, wise enough, and faithful enough to hold anything I throw His way.
Lesson 2: Trust is about following the Teacher’s way.
As the class continued I found myself listening carefully to the instructor’s voice. She gave step by step instructions and I followed to the best of my ability. And then she says, Place your hands here and lean forward. Don’t worry you will not smash your face into the mat. What? Are you kidding me. Just hold on here and lean forward because I’m thinking I’ll be the first smashed face. What if I didn’t get all the instructions right. Do I really trust this thing… or her?
God has a way… and a not the way. He guides, leads, teaches and at some point, we must lean into Him. Lean into what feels like nothing and risk smashing our face in the mat. We must trust His grace to cover our failure of getting it right and take a chance.
Lesson 3: Trust leads to joy.
I took the face smashing risk and leaned over with my hands holding on. In the time it took to blink my eyes I found myself upside down… laughing. I couldn’t help it. I can’t explain it. There is something about realizing trust turned your world upside down in the best kind of way that brings sheer joy.
Trusting God, taking the risk brings joy… plain and simple. Because when you lean into Him, when you take the chance and trust, you find upside down just might be right side up in His kingdom. Joy bubbling up from places unknown. Joy no one can take or quench.
Oh, and one final thought… I wasn’t alone in this crazy yoga class.
Learning to trust Him is a journey we take together. And I’m so blessed to be on this journey with you!
‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus. Just to take Him at His word; Just to rest upon His promise. And to say, “Thus saith the Lord”.
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’re and o’re. Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! Oh for grace to trust Him more!–‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus