Learning to trust, to "let go" is something I've resisted , struggled with most
of my life. Yet, last week I found myself confessing: "I trusted him."
But, I'm getting ahead of myself.
I'm not certain why I was chosen, but my company saw fit to include me in a recent two-day leadership program, facilitated by our Corporate Director of Training... a gifted and charismatic fellow I've known for several years.
One problem-solving exercise still lingers ... if only because it left me at once feeling VERY vulnerable, outside my so-called "comfort zone."
Situated in an empty parking lot, 11 of us were double-blindfolded ..... led this-way-and-that so as to disorient. Then, hands extended, a portion of 50-foot of ski rope was placed across our palms. Instructions were simple: Do NOT let go of the rope at any time. Our sighted colleagues might laugh, but could not offer advice or encouragement.
"You have 10 minutes to fashion a perfect square."
As expected, nervous laughter and chatter ensued. I'm thinking, the Tower of Babel, ca. 2010.
Unexpectedly robbed of vision, I remained in place, trying to to identify the voices around me, to "read" the feel of the sun. Then, above the confusion - a calm, controlled voice. Not a "ringer" or a "plant", my AGM quietly assumed control, offering solutions, suggestions.... feedback.
8 minutes into the exercise, we'd reached a consensus: We felt ready to lie down the rope, to reveal a perfect square.
Of course, this is laughable. Permitted to remove our blindfolds, we assumed oh-so-sweet sight. Then, the Q and A:
Why didn't I speak up; offer a solution?
"Honestly? I trusted Steve."
But you didn't offer suggestions?
"In this situation, there can be but one leader."
I think our everyday challenges beckon us toward the Spiritual working out of any problem. Our fear comes from not trusting in the Power greater than ourselves to provide the direction we need, to make known the solution. One of my favorite devotionals reminds us, "Children instinctively trust those who take care of them. We can learn to trust, once again, when we apply His word to our lives."