When I thought about writing my "Reflections" for today, I began humming a 60s tunes made popular by Diana Ross and The Supremes called "Reflections." It was written by the songwriting team of Holland, Dozier, and Holland. You may remember it. (Here is a link if you want a reminder -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRjCqaX2IvQ. The final chorus went this way:
Reflections of the way life used to be
Reflections of the love you took from me
In you I put all my faith and trust
Right before my eyes my world has turned to dust
If you know that song, it will probably be stuck in your head all day - sorry about that!
The lyrics are obviously about love lost and looking back over a past, failed relationship. But I find it interesting how the language of faith and belief slips in when talking about someone once loved: "In you I put all my faith and trust/Right before my eyes my world has turned to dust." It made me think about what "I put all my faith and trust" in.
I want to invite you to think about that. What do you put your faith and trust in? Is that God -- or something or someone else? Can that thing or that person carry the weight of that kind of faith and trust? Was it ever meant to do that - or is that something only reserved for God?
The lyrics from a much older song than "Reflections" put it this way:
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm. -Psalm 20:7-8, NIV
If we put our trust in things or individuals, eventually they will let us down. But, if we put our faith and trust in God, we will "rise up and stand firm" to face the challenges life may bring.
Prayer for Today
Loving God, it is so easy to try to trust things or persons in this life. Sometimes they may even prove trustworthy, but other times they will fail. Yet you are always faithful and constant. Help us today to put our faith and trust in you. We pray this in the strong name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.