Jennifer Lindberg delves into one sure-fire way to delve deeper into how God solves our trust issues, big or small.
There’s a remarkable phrase that brings peace to my deepest fears, underlying anxiety, and hopeless worries. It’s “Jesus, I Trust in You.”
Because in a normal life, much less the lives we are all living right now with pandemic fall-out, unrest, daily problems, and uncertain futures, it’s easy to get worked up.
Trust issues are a daily battle that is usually fought in our hearts and minds. It seems we need a daily reminder of whom to trust and who holds the world in the palm of his hand.
The easiest way I’ve found to trust is the Divine Mercy Devotion. Christ knowing our human nature made it a point to have us repeat, “Jesus, I Trust in You.” Declaring it so essential, He commanded St. Faustina to have those words painted under the Image of Divine Mercy. This sends a clear message that Christ knows what we need and what we lack almost every day: trust.
People worry about things. They worry about medicine for a loved one, a disease, COVID-19, a job loss, a career mistake, death, grief, failure, and the list continues like a broken record grating on our nerves and never letting us hum the tune of joy. It does us no good to worry when we cannot control such large outcomes. We must pray, live the commandments, follow God, and trust.
It’s so easy to say and harder to do at times due to pinpricks of defeat, fear, and hurt that makes us feel our vulnerability, rather acutely. Those emotions drive us instead of deep, abiding trust. Christ wanted five simple words, “Jesus, I Trust in You,” on the painting of Him walking toward us with red and white rays coming from His heart. It is a chant for us, a meditation, and a way to cope. Trusting in the goodness of God regardless of outcome, or circumstance takes practice, every day. Saying this phrase when we start to worry, fret, or become afraid turns our minds away from our own feebleness to the great grandeur of God. It takes us outside ourselves to rely on the One who made everything for us and sets our path.
The everyday battle of trust can be fought with, “Jesus, I Trust in You.”
There is a very beautiful litany St. Faustina wrote in her diary about trust based on the Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith.
O Blessed Host, I trust in You when the burdens are beyond my strength and I find my efforts are fruitless.
O Blessed Host, I trust in You when storms toss my heart about and my fearful spirit tends to despair.
O Blessed Host, I trust in You when my heart is about to tremble and mortal sweat moistens my brow.
O Blessed Host, I trust in You when everything conspires against me and black despair creeps into my soul.
O Blessed Host, I trust in You when my eyes will begin to grow dim to all temporal things and for the fist time my spirit will behold the unknown worlds.
O Blessed Host, I trust in You when my task will be beyond my strength and adversity will become my daily lot.
O Blessed Host, I trust in You when the practice of virtue will appear difficult for me and my nature will grow rebellious.
O Blessed Host, I trust in You when hostile blows will be aimed against me.
O Blessed Host, I trust in You when your judgements will resound over me; it is then I will trust in the sea of Your mercy.
Most Holy Trinity, I trust in Your infinite mercy. God is my Father and so I, His child, have every claim to His divine Heart; and the greater the darkness, the more complete our trust should be. (Diary 356, 357)
Copyright 2021 Jennifer Lindberg
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About the Author
Author of "It's Three O'clock Somewhere," and award-winning journalist Jennifer Lindberg went from photographing Cindy Crawford on the red carpet to picking up toys and crumbs off her carpets at home. Six kids later, homeschooling eclectic, and divine mercy devotee, her carpet duties have lessened allowing her to write about hope, mercy, pilgrimage travel, and true self-care at Thinking From Hope or Instagram at @ThinkingFromHope.