On Trust

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Once, a Famous Retreat Preacher in the North named Fr. Jim Borst and I were travelling by train. We were in one of what are called those ‘Super Fast’ trains of India, this one from somewhere in the North East to Delhi, if I remember rightly.

The point is that the place where We were to alight was Not a scheduled Stop, and Fr. Borst knew this! But when I mentioned this to him, he calmly replied: “It Will Stop.”

India, and particularly places like Bihar, have become Notorious for ‘Chain Pullings.’ These are opportunities provided by the Railways to Us to Stop trains in case of emergencies. Once my own father had nearly got left out when he had got down to buy some eats. We had pulled the chain as the train started moving and he got in.

to stop train pull chain

The red knob is attached to the Chain.

to stop train...

It is supposed to be used in situations like these. This particular one, I suspect, is a still from some movie! But it gives You the idea. But the fellow is doing it wrong. Either he thinks she can run faster than the train and catch up, or the idea of pulling the chain has not entered his, or any of the other passengers’ heads.

But it is quite often used by ‘local’ passengers to get down where they want, – at times near their villages Miles from any station! – and by vendors and their companions!

tea vendor

All images from the Internet.

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Nowadays the Railway is doing away with this system altogether, but when/where they still exist, the pulling of the chain creates a partial vacuum, creating a drag for the locomotive, and to save power, the driver pulls the main brakes, (those who pulled the chain have their way), the vacuum is restored by flipping a lever at the end of the coach, and the train starts again. But train drivers many a time allow the train to go on for many a mile even though it costs more power, in order to discourage the ungodly.So Fr. Borst could not be Sure that the train would stop where We needed it to!

But it happened. Some fellows did pull the chain, the train stopped at the station where We needed to get down, and taking advantage, We alighted.

For me, it was a Great Lesson in Trust.

Others I have admired in this regard are St. John Bosco, who kept a house for Poor Boys, himself with No income, and Mother Teresa.

don bosco

John Bosco, also called Don Bosco.

mother_teresa

The Saintly Mother Teresa

I had YEARNED to have Trust like theirs. But I Literally lived in Trembling. I was taking care of about 40 people at that time, and many a time, I would have Only about Rupees 20 in my cash box!

That was when I started practising my Dhyaan, this time with the Intention of experiencing His Providence, and for me to Learn to Trust. It is a literal Miracle that We Never had to eat Our Rice without Pulses and Vegetables! Not to mention the Other needs. To see How to do Dhyaan, and How to become Steeped in Trust, etc, please click here.

The Good Lord WANTS to Shower His Blessings on Us. We are the ones who Block His Grace. …On this in another post.

One thing I consider a Negative in Our prayers is that

  • We are Constantly Asking,
  • Asking for Things,
  • Asking them for Ourselves (Alone), and
  • Constantly Asking!

As I have said, if We Trust, We Shall Not Repeat those Requests! Ok, No more than Once in a Day! 🙂

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TRUST DOES NOT MEAN INACTION!

We cannot say to God: ‘YOU have created me. Now it is YOUR responsibility to keep me in luxury.’ Through the centuries, people have found that this does not work.

The Most Famous example that comes to mind is that of the Lord telling Moses: ‘Lift up your stick and hold it over the sea.’ Exodus 14:16.

What We have to note is that Moses too had expected the Lord to do Everything, and had been seemingly Crying out to the Lord (praying). It was then that the Lord spoke those words to him.

Again, ‘Moses held out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back…’ Exodus 14:21. We have to do our bit, and then the Lord makes it happen.

Moses parts the red sea

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TRUST DOES NOT MEAN STUPIDITY!

Trust does not mean going with Our Eyes closed, because HE gave Us Eyes! And Brains. We are supposed to Use them to the Full. When We have done All We can, to Our Fullest ability, and yet have not achieved, Then We can and should relax, and leave things to Him.

God is Nor running a Grocery shop where we can give us lists and expect them to be fulfilled, Nor is He our Baby Sitter, running around behind us when we want to run on walls.

Stupid

There is, after all, the thing called ‘Fools rushing in where Angels fear to tread.’ Even the Most Able soldier, the highest trained Spy, does not Rush in without having been briefed or reconnoitring the area. But what do We find?

The heroine of the movie Taken goes on a spree, her mother does not mind. …And elsewhere in another movie the girl goes for a party, is given drugs and raped. But the point is that the girl goes upon the invitation of casual acquaintances. This is NOT Trust, but Stupidity. If anybody wants to say these things happen only in movies, then…

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I have not had the ‘Faith that moves mountains,’ or the ‘Faith that passes understanding,’ or, least of all, ‘The Gift of Faith,’ etc. Faith I have had, and my Faith has Grown.

Only when the human being Constantly Sees God’s Presence, His Actions and His Support in his life, does his Faith become Trust. That has happened to me.

I have only had the Tenacity and Persistence to Stay in my Dhyaan. And that is what brought me to Trust. The experiences of His Goodness take place in a Million ways for Each and Every one of Us. But We are talking of Experience, with a Capital E.

These Experiences are available to Everybody. I Wish You All the Experience of Trust! 🙂

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PS: Though this is a subject on which I have spoken much, as such have had the material, the inspiration, the ‘push,’ as it were, to make a post of it came from some comments fellow blogger, the already mentioned Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, as in her addandsomuchmore.com/ …again!

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13 comments

  1. Amen!! Amen! I could not agree with you more, Swami. I, too, wrestle with issues of trust. Years ago, I was one of a small handful of Christian lawyers who wanted to start a free legal clinic for the poor of Philadelphia. Though most people assume lawyers are wealthy, we had no resources. Several of us were unemployed or eking out a living. The larger suburban churches we approached were uninterested in our work. Every door seemed closed to us. There were times I despaired. Yet somehow God saw us through. Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia now has 10 clinics! I hasten to add that I can take no credit for this, as my health gave out along the way. God was faithful. He’s still, however, working on me. 🙂

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    • Ah, You Pioneers! I just Love You People! Though it Is the Lord Who does things, He needs Instruments. He Needed (!) Mary’s Fiat to effect Salvation!

      So Kudos on being His Instrument. It Costs. This is Discipleship too.

      I pray for Your Good health.

      God is Faithful indeed!

      Much Love and Regards. 🙂

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