The Spiritual Practice of Trusting in God: Day 7 of 8


Walking By Faith

-Rick Hocker

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. -Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)

On one occasion, I climbed a tall hill to spend time with God. Somehow I lost track of the time and it got dark very quickly. When I started down the hill, I couldn't see my way because the light had gone. The hill was treacherous, with jagged rocks and thorn-bushes. There was no path or trail. I had scaled the hill by zigzagging around the outcroppings and cacti. Now, I had to find my way down the hill in the darkness.

I was afraid I would trip on the rocks and fall into the thorns. In those moments of fear, God told me to step and trust. Not seeing a thing, I took one step into the darkness, and my foot landed without incident. I stepped again into the unknown and didn't fall. I stepped and trusted, stepped and trusted. With each step, I marveled that nothing happened to me. I couldn't grasp how I bypassed all the big rocks and thorn bushes. It seemed as though they weren't there. Eventually, I made it down to the road and I was amazed at God's protection.

This experience has become for me a vivid example of walking by faith when I can't see where I'm going. God didn't say He would protect me, or promise to bring me to my destination. He only said, "Step and trust." And that's a present-moment activity. We trust from moment to moment, with each step forward, believing God will be with us when our foot lands.

Trust involves our entire being. We entrust our entire selves to God, believing that He is trustworthy. We entrust our entire humanity to God, with all our messy and conflicting emotions. Trust is not an emotion, but it involves all of our emotions. It's a decision we make in the midst of our emotions, and sometimes in spite of them. Trust encompasses all outcomes. We trust God with whatever happens to us, even if it's not what we want. We will never trust perfectly, but the One in whom we trust is perfect and is able to fulfill His purposes for us because He is committed to that end.

About the Author

Rick Hocker is a game programmer, artist, and author. In 2004, he sustained a back injury that left him bedridden in excruciating pain for six months, followed by a long recovery. He faced the challenges of disability, loss of income, and mounting debt. After emerging from this dark time, he discovered that profound growth had occurred. Three years later, he had a dream that inspired him to write his award-winning book Four in the Garden. His intent was to illustrate one's growth toward deep communion with God, and to share the insights he gained from the personal transformation that resulted from his back injury. Rick lives in Martinez, California, with his husband, Mark. Find out more at and at