“I would trust Hagrid with my life,” said Dumbledore.
“I’m not saying his heart isn’t in the right place,” said Professor McGonagall grudgingly, “but you can’t pretend he’s not careless. He does tend to—what was that?” ~ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Of all the people to fetch Harry from the ruins of his parents’ house, Dumbledore doesn’t look to McGonagall or Flitwick or one of his other competent teachers, he goes to Hagrid. The boy who had been expelled in his third year. Who, admittedly, gets drunk and spills secrets left and right. This is the man Dumbledore trusts with his life.
Reading this scene I got to thinking about the parallels between Dumbledore’s trusting Hagrid and God’s trusting us. Dumbledore knows that Hagrid messes up pretty often, yet he gives Hagrid important tasks over and over. Similarly, God knows that we mess up a lot, yet he still gives us very important tasks. The most important task, really, to continue sharing the Good News Christ gave us with others, so they can place their trust in Him and be graced with eternal life—victory over death. Why does he do this? Why does he choose to trust us with the most important of tasks?
Because he loves us. He loves us so much he is willing to forgive and trust us again and again and again. He loves us so much that he is more concerned with the inward results of his forgiving and trusting and giving us important tasks than on the outward mess-ups. His main concern is not that we never fail, but who we become through the failure. That we get up, dust off, and continue to cling to him so that he can help us grow into a person who is trustworthy from the inside out.
You see, I think God gives us his trust before we ever deserve it so that one day we might. So that he can grow us into trustworthy people.
Why does Dumbledore trust Hagrid? For the same reason God trusts us—love.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:7 ESV