Patricia Hofer

The Lord’s “outreached hand is waiting, open and ready for ours”

In simple trust like theirs who heard Beside the Syrian sea The gracious calling of the Lord, Let us, like them, without a word Rise up and follow Thee. (John Greenleaf Whittier 1872)
For most of us, having trust probably doesn’t appear to be so simple, particularly if by simple we mean easy…. For example, Jesus wasn’t throwing out a blind invitation to an unknown crowd “beside the Syrian sea.” His attention was already focused on the willing and open hearts of Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, and James and John, two other brothers. At that moment, these men probably didn’t even fully understand what Jesus meant. … But they walked away with Jesus. Such trust wasn’t easy …. But it was singular, a “simple trust” in the Lord himself. … For me, it’s been easier to trust a Person rather than a theory or philosophy or doctrine. The living Saviour, who has guided and companioned me through many struggles, isn’t ever going to abandon me. And that’s true for you as well. The Lord knows each of us. His outreached hand is waiting, open and ready for ours. (Living Calm ©️ 2016)

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