“’You’ve found one? You’ve found a Horcrux?’
‘I believe so.’
Rage and resentment fought shock and excitement: For several moments, Harry could not speak.
‘It is natural to be afraid,’ said Dumbledore.
‘I’m not scared!’ Harry said at once, and it was perfectly true; fear was one emotion he was not feeling at all. ‘Which Horcrux is it? Where is it?’
‘I am not sure which it is – though I think we can rule out the snake – but I believe it to be hidden in a cave on the coast many miles from here, a cave I have been trying to locate for a very long time: the cave in which Tom Riddle once terrorized two children from his orphanage on their annual trip; you remember?’
‘Yes,’ said Harry. ‘How is it protected?’
‘I do not know; I have suspicions that may be entirely wrong.’ Dumbledore hesitated, then said, ‘Harry, I promised you that you could come with me, and I stand by that promise, but it would be very wrong of me not to warn you that this will be exceedingly dangerous.’
Harry bit back his retort, scared that he had gone too far, that he had ruined his chance of accompanying Dumbledore, but Dumbledore went on, ‘Do you wish to come with me tonight?’
‘Yes,’ said Harry at once.
‘Very well, then: Listen.’ Dumbledore drew himself up to his full height. ‘I take you with me on one condition: that you obey any command I might give you at once, and without question.’
‘Be sure to understand me, Harry…If I tell you to leave me and save yourself, you will do as I tell you?’
They looked at each other for a moment.
‘No!’ said Hermoine, as Ron unwrapped the tiny little bottle of golden potion, looking awestruck. ‘We don’t want it, you take it, who knows what you’re going to be facing?’
‘I’ll be fine, I’ll be with Dumbledore,’ said Harry.”
(Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince)
If you’re as much of a Harry Potter nerd as I am, you’ve most likely read the books and watched the movies…multiple times. In this particular scene in the movie, Harry doesn’t just say he’ll be fine – he says, “I don’t need luck, I’ll be with Dumbledore.”
I can remember reading the Harry Potter books growing up and being amazed at the number of times Harry blindly trusted and followed Dumbledore. This passage is one of my favorite examples of when Harry placed his trust in Dumbledore without question. Dumbledore, desperate to destroy each Horcrux in the hopes of having a better chance of defeating Voldemort, is ready – and willing – to bring Harry along on a trip to an unknown location for something that may or may not be there. Never mind the fact that Dumbledore has no clue what will be waiting for them when they arrive. He asked, and Harry followed – blindly trusting a man who was willing to potentially put his life in danger. Harry trusted Dumbledore. It’s as simple as that.
Maybe it was my then-cynical mind playing tricks on me, or maybe it was the memories of being hurt by people I had once trusted in the past that caused me to be hesitant; whatever the reason, it was difficult for me to trust others. I spent a lot of time questioning if I could believe someone when they said they loved me – even my family. I was overly cautious when it came to letting people in. I kept a lot of my worries and problems to myself out of fear of being judged to taken advantage of. I even went so far as to question the goodness of Jesus and the ability to trust Him, which vastly affected how I viewed Christianity and the worthiness of placing my life in His hands.
When I finally decided to let my guard down one last time and let Jesus in, everything changed. I found out that trusting Jesus was worth it. Throughout my walk with Him, I’ve seen my fair share of hurt, I’ve stepped into crazy seasons of life, and I’ve done things I never thought I’d do. Mostly, I’ve learned to trust.
I’ve learned that no matter where life takes me, I don’t have to worry about whether or not I’ll be okay because of my trust in Christ. His plans for me are good. What He asks of me is not futile. Each season He places me in has a purpose. No matter what life throws at me, I don’t need luck – I have Jesus.
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