(This is a blog I wrote a couple of years ago, but thought it went well with our sermon this morning.)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Trust is something that we rarely allow ourselves to do. For me, leaning on my own understanding is much more familiar and comfortable than to trust in that which I don't understand. It's amazing how many times I have taken something that I have been going through and tried to reason it out by using my own understanding. Many times I forget to look around and realize that God is working.
The other day I was asked, "Where do you feel you are in your walk with God?" We were in a small group setting so while everyone else is answering I was asking myself and God the answer. When the circle got to me I told everyone, "I feel like I am learning to trust God in ways that I never have before." It's the truth because I feel like the road ahead of me is so dark. As I walk with God every step is a step of trust because I can't see the road ahead. This is a part of the walk that I wouldn't take back for anything. While it's frustrating, it is where I learn to take God for who He is and to take Him at His Word. Lately I have realized that God is completely in control and the more I try to do on my own the farther off the path I end up.
We all go through this at sometime in our life. We are trusting when we really don't know which foot to put in front of the other. Through these moments our trust in the Father becomes stronger. God says trust me and I will take you exactly where you are supposed to be. I would compare it to a time when a father is teaching his son how to ride a bike. He says, "Trust me. I will take my hand off the bike but know I won't let you fall." Without the father removing his hand the son will never learn to stabilize on his own. It is during these times of faith, that we are strengthened. One day we look back and realize that time wasn't as big and difficult as we thought it was or we look back and marvel at how faithful God was during each of those times.
My encouragement to you is this, when you struggle to see the road ahead or when you feel like every step is one of faith, know that God will be faithful. Know that, God will not let you fall. Know that, there is always something that God wants you to learn through that situation. Lastly, know God is in control. Just trust God and you will end up right where He has always intended you to be.