Yesterday I went to my dermatologist. It has been a year since my last visit. In order to get my prescription refilled I had to go for a routine visit. Larry went with me and waited in the waiting room. There are several doctors who share a building so the waiting room is always pretty full and yesterday was no exception. I didn’t have to wait very long to see the doctor and the visit was short.

As I was leaving and re-entering the waiting room there was an elderly gentleman (I’m guessing mid- to late 80’s) sitting with a walker if front of him, staring straight ahead without any facial expression and he was singing quite loudly, a beautiful love song! He had a very nice voice too. His wife was sitting next to him reading a magazine and didn’t seem to notice. No one in the waiting room was looking at the man. People were either reading a magazine, looking embarrassed or uncomfortable and basically ignoring the man.

After exiting the building and standing in the parking lot, I nonchalantly said to Larry “I wonder if he has Alzheimer’s?” Larry said “I don’t think so, I think he just likes to sing”. He told me he had already finished one song while I was in with the doctor. We continued our conversation in the car and I said “Wow! Wouldn’t it be great to be that comfortable in your own skin?” He agreed that it would. I wonder why we’re not??? Seriously, would any of you be comfortable enough to sing a couple of songs in the waiting room of your doctor’s office with a room full of strangers?

I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to write about trust. We probably have all had trust issues at some point in our lives. I recognize my non-trusting issues the most when I try to take care of whatever comes along without giving the matter to God first, praying about it and asking for his guidance. Even though today’s post wasn’t what I had in mind for the topic of trust, it still fits. I don’t know if the singing gentleman has a relationship with God, I’m guessing he might. He certainly had confidence in what he was doing.

I will challenge all of us today, pay attention to the details of your day/week/month. Spend some time contemplating your activities, job, chores, whatever you do. Did you trust God with all your “stuff”?

 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Ps 40:3-4

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Prov 3:5-6

2 comments for “Trust

  1. Meowmix
    October 11, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Amazing that the man could sing unabashedly in a waiting room full of people. Also amazing is that his wife was going on about her business, apparently not embarrassed or shushing him. Besides being comfortable in his own skin, he is, I think, reflective of a child-like innocence. I remember riding the school bus, and another girl and I got to singing church songs aloud on the bus. I remember, in particular, singing “when the roll is called up yonder.” I stopped when I heard a couple of other riders, older than me, making fun of us!

    Both in Jesus Calling and Power for Today, several times lately, the idea of complete trust is mentioned. COMPLETE trust isn’t easy.

  2. October 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Don’t think I’d sing in a doctor’s waiting room. I seldom sing aloud at any time unless I’m with the praise team on a Sunday, or in the car by myself.

    Trusting God … I greatly admire those who do this so much better than I.

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