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  • Rob Lewis

Do I Trust You?

"I was in Los Angeles when I heard the news of Keith Green's death in 1982. He was only a causal acquaintance of mine, but his music greatly influenced my life during my teenage years, more than any other artist, and his life and music still challenge us to be more like Jesus.

 

A couple of days after his death, I went to a friend's house and asked to borrow their piano. "Do I Trust You" came about as I was trying to relate to how we all feel during difficult situations like death. I later finished it at home in Arkansas....I attempted to put myself in his wife Melody's lace. There are painful struggles we don't understand and we won't always know the why's of life. But we must choose to trust Him because He loves us."


Twila Paris's song Do I Trust You has always been one of my favorites. Besides it being sonically beautiful, it presents a question that resonates with me. When I read her explanation of how the song came to be, the realness of the lyrics made so much sense.

 

We've all been in a place where trusting God was hard because we couldn't see what His plan was. The evidence was missing and answers yet to materilaize. But faith and trust sometimes come down to a choice. Like some of the lyrics in this song:

 

I know the answers, I've given them all

But suddenly now, I feel so small

Shaken down to the cavity of my soul

 

Ever felt like that? I bet you have. Probably more than once if you've lived very long. But that choice to trust is not based in blind faith, is it? It's grounded in the knowledge that God has always shown us love even through the hardest times. That might be the only comfort that's possible to find in the darkest moments of life.

 

I will trust you Lord, when I'm blind with pain

You were God before and You'll never change


As Corrie ten Boom once wrote, "When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer."


If God is good and God is God, then we are right to trust that his plan is good.

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