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Ponderin’ — Trusting again

Trusting Other People

Shall we whine and complain?
Shall we stop talking to those who hurt us?

IN HIGH SCHOOL n high school, we had an assignment to write a paper on ?My Most Embarrassing Moment. No one but the teacher was to see this paper. But we had opportunity to peek, —-and did.

It’s been forty years, but I’ll always remember Bobby’s paper. He said he was ?downtown on the square when he felt a scorpion crawling up his leg. His football buddies all agreed to form a circle around him so he could lower his jeans to see if it was indeed a scorpion. They formed a human wall around him and down came the pants. After a moment’s careful inspection, Bobby looked up, and saw his friends— some already a half block away!

It’s hard to trust people, once they disappoint you —or worse still, embarrass you. Friends and brethren let you down. Confidence and trust comes slowly.

So what shall we do? Shall we whine? Shall we become sour and embittered? —quit walking with brethren? Maybe we even quit the Lord? Or, —shall we just ?pull up our britches” and travel on? We might cry awhile, but then forgiving is in order. Remember, we also have caused disappointment. Lean even more on the one who said—

I will never leave you nor forsake you —Hebrews 13:5

Bible Comments, 10, a publication by Joe Fitch originally intended for distribution among small congregations in Texas.
Used here by kind permission.