Last night while lying in bed I began thinking about the attributes to “Trust” as it relates to God. I didn’t say a word, I didn’t pray, I just laid there in silence. On my mind was a compilation of blog titles related to trust. I didn’t even ask for a list of titles for the trust blog series I am writing. I was however, given a list of six blog titles to write about. Each title came to mind at different times throughout my sleepless night. I woke remembering them all. The first of which is this one, “Silent Trust – Trusting in God.”
One of the main reasons my grandmother was so proud to say she was from the Country of Albania was because Mother Teresa was born there. I remember as a young boy how excited grandma would get whenever they talked about Teresa on the news. Grandma referred to her as Teresa, as if she had known her. I don’t know if she did know her, but she most definitely believed in the work that she did.
Besides all of Mother Teresa’s accomplishments and help regarding humanity, her attitude regarding prayer was extraordinary.
During an interview with CBS Anchor Dan Rather, he asks her what she said during her prayers.
She answered, “I listen.”
So Dan turned the question and asked, “Well then, what does God say?”
Mother Teresa smiled with confidence and answered, “He listens.” For an instant, Dan didn’t know what to say. “And if you don’t understand that,” Mother Teresa added, “I can’t explain it to you.”
I found this interview between Dan Rather and Mother Teresa to be quite compelling. If prayer is simply listening, then I wonder how God knows what it is we are seeking. So I consulted the Bible.
In 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 it says, “But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.”
For me, this explains why Mother Teresa would sit in silence and listen, as well as the response coming back from God would also be he listens. The answers will penetrate our spirit, but we must remain silent and steadfast in our trust, and just listen.
Another famous quote from Mother Teresa addresses a further explanation regarding prayer. “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
God enters by a private door into each of us. His presence is among us at all the times of the day and the night. Emerson once said, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Emerson also said, “All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all that I have not seen.
What worked for Mother Teresa regarding prayer works for us as well. You can expect this author will change his whole philosophy and approach to prayer because of this one interview> I will put myself in the hands of God, at his disposition and listen to his voice in the depth of my heart. No wonder the first title I was given was Silent Trust.
So dare I say it again, “Silent trust is listening to God.” As Mother Teresa said, “It needs no explanation.”
Stay tuned in for Trust Blog 2, “Blind Trust, Trusting in the Universe.”