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A few weeks ago I was walking along on a Saturday morning when I came upon this view. As you can see, I was out in the country, walking along a quiet path when I saw these geese doing their goose thing in the grass.  I was surrounded by trees, fields and peacefulness, far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

It was a rather warm morning and I was glad to be in the relative quiet of the countryside…

The only problem with that scenario is that I was in downtown Washington, DC. In fact, these ducks were only yards from the Lincoln Memorial and had just climbed out of the reflecting pool that stretches from the Lincoln Memorial to the World War 2 Memorial, and this scene is right in the middle of thousands of people.  As I took the picture, I could hear traffic roaring nearby, a siren in the distance and all of the racket of the city; apparently the guys took no notice.

So much in our world is like this. So much around us isn’t really quite what it seems to be. Certain institutions might at first appear to be wonderful and nice, and then turn out to be rotten to the core, and let’s be honest, the same can be said of certain people.

I’m not writing this to be cynical or negative, quite the opposite as a matter of fact, but the smart person keeps these things in mind.  Can we always trust others? Sadly, no.  Can we always trust our institutions to be magnanimous and benevolent?  Surely we know better! Can we always trust God?


While people may let us down from time-to-time, and while our culture, society and institutions may also let us down periodically, God does not let us down; He keeps His promises always.  So then, since we’ve all known this for years already, why do we so often put our trust where it shouldn’t be?  Why do we so seldom trust God?

Well, it’s something to think about, don’t you think?


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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