Trust without Borders

Have you heard the song “Oceans?” One line of the song states this request: “Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders.” I’ve listened to that song repeatedly for the past three weeks and I’ve been thinking about that phrase: “trust without borders.”

That is the kind of trust I desire to cultivate, trust without borders, but that kind of trust only comes when faced with what I call “Red Sea moments.” We can easily sing the song, a beautiful narrative reflective of Peter’s walk across the water to Jesus, but being pressed to live out that kind of trust is hard.

“Trust without borders” means that I will release all control, I will make the tough choice to obey even when it looks like I could drown, I will step into that frightening place of the unknown—into the great mystery of God’s sovereignty and suffering. 

When Jesus invited Peter to come out to meet Him on the water, Peter got out of the boat. He immediately obeyed. He was willing to follow and didn’t hesitate, but his trust was limited by a few “borders.” Winds that were pulverizing their sailing vessel set up a high border for Peter’s faith. He suddenly realized that he was attempting the impossible and fear gripped his heart more than faith.

The borders of faith can narrow when life’s circumstances turn nasty. 

Believe me—I’m not saying that I would’ve reacted differently than Peter. I may’ve never left the boat! Stepping into the unknown is scary, it can be costly and painful, but it will put you in the position of trusting God as never before—and that is necessary in order to reach the place where our “trust is without borders.”

The only “borders” for trust should be the clear parameters of Scripture. 

Trusting God and “walking by faith” doesn’t mean that we will rush headlong into foolish choices and expect God to bail us out. It doesn’t mean that we practice “blind faith.” Our decisions must be informed by the Word of God and led by the Spirit of God.

Not every “leap of faith” is an invitation by God to step out of the boat. 

Remember how the enemy tempted Jesus to prove Himself as the Son of God? He wanted Jesus to throw Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple and trust that He would be rescued. Jesus rejected that invitation and provided the truth from Scripture as His response.

It wasn’t that Jesus had a low level of trust, Jesus would take a bold leap of faith, but not from the temple, it would be from a garden of surrender. When faced with the cup that He would receive from the Father, Jesus knew that the cross was more horrifying than anything He’d yet experienced. He could’ve rejected that drink, but instead, He moved into the darkness of that great mystery where God experienced suffering.

Jesus pushed into that secret place of “trust without borders” when He rose from prayer to move steadfastly toward the cross. Trust without borders is what He invites us to when He says: “Come unto me . . . Climb into my yoke . . . Follow me . . .”

His invitations don’t usually include a comprehensive planner providing all the details we’ll need to face on down the road, but they do include the promise that “great is His steadfast love toward us” and also the truth that “the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.” (Psalm 117:2)

[box]The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life: of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)[/box]

Have you received an invitation to “step out” into the great mystery of the unknown?

Are you fearful as you look at what seems to be impossible circumstances?

Rest assured, you are not alone. Allow Him to stretch your trust level beyond where you’ve yet been.


  • Vicki

    I have been listening to this song again and again over the last several weeks, too, and I am longing for the same thing! I will be praying for that kind of trust for you. Please pray the same for me, and right now there is a very specific situation where I need to apply that trust and move forward. It’s way too easy to use the very worn shield of procrastination. Thanks again, Kim! I love you, dear sister!!

  • Tambra Lucas

    Whew! Kim, I am glad I took the time to read this , this morning. But it is so convicting to me, because I have to admit, my faith and my trust have not always been without borders. Usually my borders have a lot to do with fear and worry of what will happen in situations and how can I help to fix it , instead of letting go and letting God do what God does best, be God in our lives, be the authority be the One that is in control whether we acknowledge it or not He is. And realizing It is so foolish to fear and worry if we stop ourselves and remember who our Father is, the author and the finisher of our faith. And to just stop and ask Him to strengthen or faith and trust. I always end up there, but sometimes the worry comes first. Thanks for this reminder. It just makes me want to trust Him more!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Vicki ~

    How sweet to know that although we’re separated by several miles, our situations and specific ways of needing to trust God probably look very different right now, and yet this same song (and truths) have been ministering to us both.

    I am pausing to pray for you now. May you receive a solid word of confirmation from Scripture on how to move forward, a peace about the timing of that, and clear direction from the Spirit in how to implement that.

    O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,
    That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

    Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us,
    And the years we have seen evil.

    Let Your work appear to Your servants
    And Your majesty to their children.

    Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
    And confirm for us the work of our hands;
    Yes, confirm the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:14–17)

    I’ll be sharing more on the blog next week on the specifics of how to pray for us right now. Thankful, so thankful, for God’s grace and lovingkindness that is evident even in the darkest of storms.

    Love and prayers for you, friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Tambra ~

    Glad you stopped in to read today. He is faithful, so it amazes me when my trust level is low . . . how can we not trust One who has proven Himself so faithful? The waves look too large sometimes, I just have to remember: God’s got this!

  • Rachel

    Thank you for these wise words. They are so relevant to my life as well right now. Amidst a storm or even just a cloudy day it is amazing the peace He brings with our complete surrender.

  • Justin

    When Jesus asked Peter to step out of the boat He was inviting Peter into a deeper faith (a more spacious place). Peter went beyond the borders of his boat and ventured into a whole new world. He didn’t have a complete success in his venturing out, but it was a process that would lead him to the next victory in his faith walk wit Jesus. Sometimes failure is what is needed in order to move us to the next level of faith with God. However, we must be willing to fail and let god rescue us.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    So true–complete surrender that’s where we experience true peace. I love how Amy Carmichael puts it: “In acceptance, there is peace.” Jesus gave us the supreme example of this in the garden. If I can only learn to release control, and trust His control . . . that’s the place of true abiding in intimacy with Him and that’s where I want to be 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    So true, Justin. He invites us to a new level of spiritual growth and when we fail, He rescues us in order to bring us closer to Himself, to conform us to His image, so that others will see Him for the glorious Savior that He is . . . thus bringing Him glory! Thanks for the insight you’re sharing. It’s a blessing to hear what God is teaching you ~

  • Anne

    Hi Anne, Thanks for your post as its still relevant today and always. You mention “The only “borders” for trust should be the clear parameters of Scripture.” What if one cannot hear from God or does not experience peace to either go or remain somewhere, but is making decisions based on known facts (safety, etc) as they continue to pray? How would you advise such a person? Thanks a lot and I truly appreciate your post.

  • Anne

    Hi Kim,
    I’m sorry for the wrong name!!
    Please change it if you can or I can retype my comment.