I get it. We want to be very, very careful when it comes to selecting a dentist or doctor. Especially if they're going to stick, drill, or cut on you. When I cracked a molar and the pain was frightening, I looked at just about every possible resource and talked with anyone who'd had this painful and life-changing surgery.
This one name kept coming to the top. They had all the personality of a pencil and had absolutely no bedside manner. But, they did have the best outcomes and lowest infection rates of anyone in the state. So, I went in for x-rays and a visit.
As we talked and looked at the image of my mangled molar, they explained the steps and what was going to happen. I looked around and their office was clean - no rust on the drills or anything like that.
One thing that I did look at were the frames on their wall. Their diplomas and board certification were there for all to see. It was reassuring proof that they knew what they were doing. It helped me put to bed my worries about drilling out the top of a tooth that I'd had for so long.
Yes, I did all the research possible and learned all I could. But one thing I didn't do was go to dental school before I made my choice. There comes a time when we need to trust that someone else knows more than we do. Has more experience than we do. That they are someone we can depend on. Rely on.
So it only makes sense that if we're willing to go out on a limb and trust a dentist, doesn't it make sense that we'd also trust God? Someone a whole lot smarter than me once wrote:
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
With the internet, we do have immediate access to just about all the information in the world at our fingertips. And while it's wise to learn what we can, we're never going to know as much as the person with the drill or knife in their hand. If we can't come to the point of trusting them, then we'd better move onto someone else or learn to live with the pain without complaining.
Instead of trying to earn a diploma in life, why not trust the one who gives life? It seems like the smart thing to do.