A staple of youth ministry for years now has been the Trust Walk. This is an exercise in which one participant is blindfolded and is led around by another. It takes various forms. There are Trust Walks where only one person can see and several blindfolded participants form a line, each placing a hand on the shoulder of the person in front of them. There are Trust Walks in which participants are paired with a “seeing” partner who calls out to the “unseeing” partner and warns them of dangers and obstacles around them (“watch out for the step up,” for example). Then they switch roles. And there are Trust Walks, again in pairs, where the seeing partner leads the unseeing partner by the hand but with no words spoken.
All in all, Trust Walks are a bit less intimidating than Trust Falls (another, slightly riskier staple of youth ministry).
The point of the exercise, of course, is to teach a lesson about faith and trust. In follow up conversations morals are extrapolated about living by faith, trusting someone else, surrendering control, going where one is led, walking in trust. And, of course, ultimately the good youth pastor brings the conversation around to Jesus.
So, we’ll simply start there Sunday – with Jesus. As we continue to discuss “A Living Hope” we will talk this week about trust in the risen Christ, no matter life’s circumstances. 1 Peter 2:19-25 speaks to us of steadfastness and trust in suffering; John 10:1-10 speaks to us of the one whom we follow, who has our welfare at heart. Both speak of Jesus as the Good Shepherd whom the sheep can follow with confidence (an annual theme for the Fourth Sunday of Easter).
I hope you’ll join us for this important conversation. After all, isn’t all of life a Trust Walk? It helps to think about who may be leading us around.
Grace and peace.