Naomi, November 2004
When we first got Naomi from the shelter she had heart worms, was flea infested, and about 10 lbs underweight. I remember that trip from the shelter to home. We made several stops in between. We also had a large crate in the back that we borrowed from the shelter. She sat between the crate and the window, hunched over and insecure.
When we welcomed her into our home she sniffed and got to know the 1200 square feet we called home in Lenoir City, Tennessee. I don't know what Naomi's background was, but I know it took time for her to bond with us. It didn't happen as quickly as it did for Zeke. Trust took time. For Naomi we took time to buy her toys, to feed her. We took care of her by getting her proper health treatment. At first we didn't let her in our room but that didn't last long! We brought her bed into the room and she slept safely in our room.
I remember seeing the difference in her as each month passed. The loyalty that was growing within her towards her new owners. Today, Naomi has been with us for 6 years and 2 months. Knowing she can trust us has made her loyal to us.
I think that life is much the same way. TRUST is built often through experience in a relationship you have with others and on the other hand, you can lose trust easier than gain it. Love and trust are not always hand in hand....but one can strengthen the other. A solid relationship will have both.
Our heavenly Father can be trusted. When our love for Him is nurtured by devotion, prayer, and Scripture our trust in Him can be further cultivated. Trust in our Savior can grow beyond the salvation experience and into a day to day life experience. The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." So many times we lean unto our own understanding, our own reasoning. This is the complete opposite of trust. When we lean unto our own understanding it is in a sense saying "God, I don't trust you as much as I trust myself." How foolish is that? And yet, how normal! I always say, when God knew we'd need to be reminded of a great truth, He wrote it for us in His Word. God knew that we would lean unto our own understanding. I believe, that in getting to know the Lord you will trust Him. You will also love Him and your trust will become even greater and stronger.