Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. (NKJV)
I’m not great at memorizing Bible verses, but this one is hard wired into my brain. It speaks to me on so many levels.
Eons ago, in our senior year book, the editors published one descriptive sentence under each of our photos. It could have been an expression we always used, a habit, or a current passion. “It’s MY life!” was my sentence. I must have said it often, and it later led to some foolish decisions. But it was the dawn of women’s liberation, and I remember the nights I looked out the 6th floor dorm window at the twinkling city below, believing anything was possible in this new era of equality. My adult life was beginning, the horizons seemed endless, and the last thing I considered was God and what his will for me may have been.
- learn not to imagine the worst outcomes, but trust that God is in control, I am far less stressed.
- stop and do not act, but wait a day or two so I can hear God’s soft whisper, I choose wisely.
- speak with grace and love, I see anger melt.
Trusting God with my whole heart can be a challenge. My thoughts are not his thoughts, and what the Bible tells me may not be what I want to accept. It may not seem fair, or I may not understand why God’s way would work better than my plan. Yet, God is all powerful, all knowing, all good, all trustworthy; but “fair?” I think the idea of fairness is a human construct. At age three, a toddler cries”It’s not fair!”
In the parable of the laborers, Jesus points out that he, as boss, has the right to decide how much each person will be paid, regardless of the hours worked. That doesn’t seem fair to me. Yet God’s ways are sovereign and sure, and I need to trust him no matter what.
And there’s the promise that he will direct my path, or “make my path straight” (in the NIV version.) He will topple obstacles and hedge me within the boundaries of his protection. Sometimes, as a Christian writer, I write words that fire volleys into the cathedral of public opinion. Trusting in God, leaning into Scripture, I pray that my writing acknowledges him in all ways, that it goes where he wants it to go, and that it does what he wants it to do.
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