“I don’t trust ham.”
That’s what Noelle (my 9-year-old) said Saturday night when I offered her a piece of ham during supper. She said it without a hint of hesitation. And I laughed. But on the inside I cried because ham isn’t just another food; it is one of the best tasting foods the world has ever know.
If food were baseball players, ham would be Albert Pujols. If food were movies, ham would be Forrest Gump or at the very least Joe Dirt (two movies that are remarkably similar). Ham is the Peyton Manning of food, the Francis Chan of food, and the Dick Vitale of food all rolled into one.
The worst thing about losing my job a few years ago was that I would no longer get my yearly “Holiday Ham” at Thanksgiving. Well, the whole not having a paycheck thing was worse, I suppose. But not by much.
Even though it saddened me to hear my daughter proclaim her distrust of ham, I understand why she feels this way. A couple of years ago at a family gathering, she choked on a piece of ham. This incident wasn’t long, but it was scary for her and because of it she has been scarred for life. I doubt that she’ll ever eat ham again because she just doesn’t trust it.
I think I know how she feels. Here four things that I don’t trust because of past issues:
1. Plastic patio furniture. I almost broke my tailbone a few years ago after all four of the legs of a plastic chair I was sitting in exploded in different directions. Seriously, the legs of the chair ended up in the 4 corners of the room I was sitting in and my rear hurt for a month.
2. Waffle House cooks with clean aprons. Even though Waffle House is my love language, I haven’t spent as much time there in recent years as I would have liked. While this fact angers my stomach, it thrills my arteries. Whenever I do get to eat there, I always check out the cook’s apron. The cleaner the cook the less satisfied the taste buds.
3. Sandwiches made by other people. If I had x-ray vision I would use it to make sure there is no mayonnaise on a sandwich before taking a big bite out of it. The number of sandwiches I have thrown away because of over zealous condiment appliers is ridiculously high.
4. Television executives. I don’t know any of these people personally and I still don’t like them. They are quick to provide hype for new shows, yet are even quicker to pull the plug on them if they don’t perform as well as expected. If we treated our food like they treat some of their shows we would all be dead from salmonella.
Honestly, this is the first time that I have ever sat down to think of things that I don’t trust. It has been a good exercise mainly because it has caused me to think about the One that I trust the most.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Trusting Jesus isn’t always the easiest thing to do nor does it make sense to everyone, but it is still the best thing to do. Others will disappoint us; others will fail us.
He is the same now, tomorrow, and forever.
He is worthy of our trust.
The fact that Noelle trusts Jesus completely overwhelms how I feel about her not trusting ham.
No matter how good it tastes.
(What are some things that you don’t trust? How has trusting Jesus been difficult for you in the past? Share away!)