A Resource in Short Supply
February 2007
Key Topics: Trust, Relationships, God's Faithfulness, Salvation, Renewal

"Don't trust to hold God's hand; let Him hold yours. Let Him do the holding, and you the trusting." - Hammer William Webb-Peploe

Hi Friends:

Government, business and individuals reveal by practice every single day what commodities and resources are of greatest value. Oil rights are obtained by bloody warfare. Diamonds are mined, prepared and sold at a great cost. Water . . . we all keep it close at hand everyday . . . and without it . . . we die.

There is one particular resource that may be more elusive than any other and possibly more costly. We all know what it is to lose it, some of us know what it means to cause others to lose it. We know that it can be destroyed in a moment, but it takes a lifetime to create it . . . and even then, only by God's grace.

The loss of it is why mankind seeks out ultimate fulfillment in excess in all the wrong places . . . places that might be fun for a while . . . but places that prove to be a poor long-term substitute . . . leaving us emptier than we were before we went after it's tempting mirage.

The resource of which I speak? The all elusive commodity? . . . quite simply, Trust.

A Fragile Commodity

Anyone finding it difficult to trust today? To put your heart, your reputation, your life out there on the edge? What is it about trust that makes it such a fragile commodity and in such short supply? And why are we so quick to throw to the ground those who have failed our trust test? . . . you know, the Nixon's, the Bond's, the Lay's. Could it be because trust . . . more than any other thing . . . crumbles and shreds our soul . . . when it is broken on a personal level?

It won't be long, but sooner or later on this very day, you will pause for a meal and for a beverage that will renew, replenish, nourish and strengthen your physical body. Sustaining and thriving in life on both a physical and spiritual level . . . especially when it comes to building or rebuilding trust . . . requires regular periods of refreshment, renewal and encouragement.

For those today who are looking for this commodity, this resource . . . for those who want to smile again without reservation . . . for those who want to not just get by in life but really want to fly . . . you might think of trust in God this way:


  • T. Taking the step to put your greatest possession . . . unreservedly . . . in His hands . . . your heart
  • R. Revealing your hopes, your hurts, your weaknesses, your dreams, your fears . . . and finding . . . greater intimacy and grace
  • U. Unconditional confidence . . . in the goodness and wisdom . . . of your Maker
  • S. Sidestepping independence . . . in the belief . . . that a greater good can be accomplished . . . in Divine relationship
  • T. Time reveals what we lean on the most . . . and teaches us how to warrant the confidence of others . . . it if we will but listen, observe and act . . . in humility

Finding This Most Rare Resource

Someone is very likely counting on you today . . . or at least hoping they can. While none of us are perfect, we best not forget that the choices we make touch things in the hearts of those who are connected to us in ways we will never know. Where do we go to find strength to be a recipient and a possessor of this most rare resource?

For the past several years, I have made this simple little writing ministry known as "Life Letters" available to friends, colleagues, Bible study and home groups, churches, companies and and family. I draw my inspiration to write out of the way God's unfailing loving hand meets me in the highs and lows of everyday life at ground zero. I take to heart the gifts that God has given me and passages such as this one in Philemon . . .

"I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints."

With joy I open my heart to you through "Life Letters" and pray that God is using this ministry to refresh your heart and life. Think of it as my attempt to remind you that we are children who have a perfectly trustworthy Heavenly Father . . . One who seeks for time with us . . . granting us an abundance of grace to trust Him . . . when our heart is broken or overwhelmed.

But don't be surprised if you are asked by searching, empty, broken and fearful hearts . . . "Where did you find . . . this resource . . .

. . . that is in such short supply?"


"But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for He has been good to me." (Psalm 13:5-6)

Artist's Corner

"Wrapped in Your Arms" by Fireflight:

Is this the whole picture
Or is it just the start?
Is this the way you love me?
You're capturing my heart

I used to try and walk alone
But I've begun to grow
And when You tell me just to rest
I'm finally letting go, I let go

And I?m here to stay
Nothing can separate us
And I know I?m okay
You cradle me gently
Wrapped in Your arms I?m home

I'm seeing so much clearer
Looking through Your eyes
I could never find a safer place
Even if I tried

All the times I've needed You
You've never left my side
I'm clinging to Your every word
Don't ever let me go, don?t let go

And I'm here to stay
Nothing can separate us
And I know I'm okay
You cradle me gently
Wrapped in Your arms I?m home, I?m home
I'm wrapped in Your arms

And I'm here to stay
Nothing can separate us
And I know I?m okay
You cradle me gently
Wrapped in Your arms

And I'm here to stay
Nothing can separate us
And I know I?m okay
You cradle me gently
Wrapped in Your arms I'm



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