“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” –Proverbs 3:5-6
When I was growing up, I was a part of a program in my church called Caravans. These verses were the theme memory verses for that program, and all of us have had them memorized since the time we were around six years old. We recited them every week through sixth grade. If we forget everything else from the program, I guarantee that those of us who went through Caravans will be able to quote these verses until we die, even in a state of total memory loss.
Looking back at Caravans, it is intriguing to me that this is the passage they chose. It is a great passage of Scripture, but not one that I can say is commonly plastered in other places that I have seen. I can’t speak for other people, but I am discovering in this phase of life more than any other I have experienced the need to lean on the truth and promise these verses declare.
Yesterday God spoke in big ways, and it wrecked me. He awakened a passion in my heart for a project that He has been planting seeds toward for years. As I wrestled with what to do about all of these signs from God, I lost sight of this important truth: He will direct my paths. I took the messages from God and in turn took on the responsibility of trying to figure out how to make it happen. My strategic brain was thinking ten and fifteen moves ahead, and it in turn inspired panic. After a fairly significant meltdown in the arms of a friend, God brought a game-changer into my day.
I connected with my cousin yesterday because of a message she had sent me earlier. As I began to explain my distress over everything that was happening, she reminded me of an incredibly important truth: it is not MY JOB to figure out how this is going to happen and it is not MY JOB to open doors. Those are all God’s responsibility. I forgot for a couple hours how faithful God is in working out those details. I forgot how significant His role is in all of this, and how small mine really is. My job is to simply communicate with the right people, to trust God, and be open (and to be honest, this is really all I can handle). My job is to trust that if this is GOD’S DREAM, then God Himself will make it happen, and it will be much more perfect than I could have orchestrated it anyway.
There are a lot of unknowns and uncertainties in my life right now. It is a comfort to step back and realize that it is not all chaos to God. He not only has everything under control, but He already has it all worked out. If He has not shown me how He will work it out, then He must be using it to develop my character and trust in Him. I need those moments where God causes me to stop: stop strategizing, stop panicking, stop worrying…and start enjoying the journey. When I take a step back, I realize what I look like: a five-year-old kid on a road trip with her dad, so concerned with the GPS and whether it is working right or not that she doesn’t even see the beautiful scenery outside her window. I don’t want to be that kid, missing the fantastic journey because I was so focused on the part that was out of my control anyway. How often do we all do this?
My challenge for you today is this: stop. Take a step back and look at the things that are frazzling you today. What concerns do you have on your heart? Consider that maybe they are not your responsibility anyway. Remember that what is chaos to you is total order to God. He cannot be surprised by anything that comes into your life. God is in perfect peace, so you can be too. That doesn’t mean there isn’t often a struggle. That doesn’t mean that life isn’t difficult or that it’s pain-free. It does, however, mean that there is joy to be found in every step of the journey if we would step into a proper perspective.
Remember this truth as you journey through today: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. It is true: He WILL direct your paths. He’s got this, and He’s got you. Now step forward in faith.