Aesop tried to teach us not to put all our eggs in one basket. I don’t think he was the first who advocated that, and he certainly wasn’t the last. Today, that old saying is often repeated in the business world, applied to everything from marketing to investments. Some people even apply this “wise” advice to their relationships and social networks.
But Sunday morning, standing in church and singing the hymn, “Lead Me, Guide Me,” I realized that I must put all my eggs in one basket. It’s really the only way to find the life I want to live.
The first verse of that hymn begins, “I am weak and I need thy strength and power.” The second verse declares, “I am putting all my trust in thee.”
Aha. Exactly what I’m doing. Or at least, I want to do this. I am trying to gather my eggs, one by one, and get them all into one basket: trusting God with everything.
This old adage about eggs in one basket has been referred to as a “risk mitigation strategy.” We’re advised not to put all our resources, all our energy, all our hopes into one place … just in case.
But putting all my trust in God is a “risk elimination strategy”.
Because where, oh where, is a safer place for ALL of our trust and our hopes? Our Father is the ultimate source of strength and power, He is the god of hope and the God of peace, He will never abandon His children, His love and mercy surround us forever. Who but my Maker knows what I really need? Who else can keep my lamp burning and change my darkness to light? Who else can release my feet from the snare? Who else can be such a shield? Who else is a forever rock of refuge?
My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Trying to gather all my eggs,
Scripture: Psalm 62:1-2 (NIV)