Trusting Jesus can seem easy at times. Like on the bright and sunny days, surrounded by friends and family. Or on the mountain peaks when the vistas are magnificent and the air is clear. Yet life is rarely all sunshine and mountain tops.
In my wedding sermons, I remind the bride and groom that not all of life will be like their wedding day, filled with excitement, joy and celebration. The couple will not always be surrounded by the support of family and friends. Like all people, they will need to face life’s storms and life’s valleys. As a married couple, they will have the strength of each other, but they can also learn to trust in Jesus’ power and love to carry them through such challenging days and months.
The fourth chapter of Ecclesiastes describes the benefits of two people working together. It ends the section with this phrase: a threefold cord is not quickly broken (Ecc. 4:12). The thought shifts from the strength of two to the strength of three. What is the third cord in the rope? That third cord is Jesus Christ, woven into the fabric of life, especially a marriage. But that woven strength is not limited to married couples. Jesus is the strong cord that can carry any individual through challenges that come with the storms and valleys of life.
And a big part of that “challenging” strength grows out of the daily attention given to our trust in Jesus. Trust is something that deepens over time. It rarely appears like magic, on demand. Our trust in Jesus grows through reflection, prayer, study and grace.
More on that in a future post.
It’s also true that if one of those cords snaps, the whole thing will unravel, so don’t underestimate the power of the individual.