August 14, 2017
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Journeying can be exhausting, difficult, and shattering. It can also be exhilarating, liberating, and profound. God is always working and is present through both.
Is your goal to be the vibrant, always green, tree that produces fruit (verse 8)? Who would say “no” to such a question? Of course we all want to be healthy and fruitful. But is that our goal?
Go back and re-read verse seven. That verse mentions “trust” twice. When looking up the original Hebrew, a different word is used for each “trust.” Let’s explore both!
The root word for the first “trust” in verse 7 is the Hebrew word batach. It is a verb, and as you would guess, it means “to be confident or sure, to be bold.” Batach is the primitive root word for trust.
The root word for the second “trust” word in verse 7 is mibtach. This word is a noun. It means “a refuge, security, or assurance, confidence, hope.”
“Blessed is the man who trusts in (batach) the Lord, whose trust is (mibtach) the Lord.” “Trust in the Lord” versus “trust is the Lord” really is defining. Is trust an action for you? Or, is trust a person/thing to you? Do you trust the Lord enough to say that you not only trust “in” Him but that he exemplifies your trust? He “is” your trust?
When the prophet Jeremiah penned these verses, he wrote them out of his own journey experiences. The Lord brought Jeremiah to the place of “is trust” through a remarkable life-altering journey. Yes, Jeremiah was reluctant. No, he did not have it easy. But the Lord was faithful.
Back in 2007 the founding families of CCA knew that God was calling us to open a UMS school in our area. One of our priorities was to find a facility. We knew that many UMS schools rented space from local churches so we opened the Yellow Pages (remember those?) and contacted all of our local churches. We were so eager to share our unique educational model with churches, and expecting churches to be equally excited about partnering with us. We were disappointed by the lack of interest. We couldn’t find a church even willing to schedule a meeting. I was shocked!
Thankfully, my pastor called in some favors and found a place that would host our new school. In September 2009 we opened CCA offering kindergarten through third grade with 14 adorable students. I was 8 months pregnant with my fourth child, but I recall being full of energy and excitement to have CCA nestled on Aiken Drive in Vint Hill Farms.
For our second year, we moved to our new home at Community Christian Fellowship Church in Warrenton. We watched in awe as year-after-year, the Lord continously blessed the school with amazing families and teachers. The campus holds many cherished memories for the students and staff who called it our home together. Even in this time of being rooted at one address, we were still on a journey together. There were many reasons to celebrate, and there were tough times and challenges that brought us to our knees. Through it all, God called us to trust Him.
As CCA added a grade each year, we knew that eventually we would outgrow the CCF campus. We exhausted efforts to build and expand at the CCF location. We spent countless hours with building professionals and in correspondence with Fauquier county. Much to our surprise, expansion at CCF was not God’s plan for CCA.
Throughout the years we have looked at over 30 prospective spaces. Some spaces were and full of mold and asbestos, some had pristine, fluffy white carpeting (not a chance!), some were too small, most were way too expensive. When we realized that there was no way for CCA to have all of our students on one campus at CCF, and that we really didn’t have any others options for another facility, we could no longer simply batach (“trust in”) the Lord. We were being called to mibtach (“trust is”) God. This moment in our journey “is trust” allowed us to know Him in a new way.
This time instead of us searching in our own energy and strength, the Lord supernaturally provided. His provision came out unexpectedly when a friendly gentleman showed up at CCA just after school was dismissed. Little did this gentleman know that he was walking in obedience to the Lord, and little did either of us know that his quick “pop-by” would lead to a new home for CCA–a beautiful, safe, spacious home right where we began, in Vint Hill Farms.
Though the process was long and difficult, we were blessed. Not just through the material provision, but through the humbling pleasure of watching God provide miraculously each day. Through His work we grew. We grew more in love, more in faith, and more in trust. Just as He did for Jeremiah, God became our trust, and boy, did He show off!
Friends, when you are exhausted, enveloped in times of difficulty, and everything seems shattered and broken, the Lord is there. He is trust. Stay focused on God and His calling.
Think back on a time when the Lord called you to “is trust” Him. How did you grow through that experience? Is the Lord calling you to “is trust” Him with something now?
Amber Sabia, Head of School
Etymology from: www.blueletterbible.org