“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.”
Passages like this one are so easy to comprehend that it makes it difficult to pull out an application. Or maybe that’s a problem specific to me. I have been known to make things more complicated than necessary. But really, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart,” okay, yeah that seems solid. He is the master of the universe. “And lean not on your own understanding” totally, I’m a jackalope with a limited view. Why would I rely on my own perception if His is there to guard me and to guide me? “In all your ways acknowledge Him,” yep, this is certainly legit. Do everything Colossians 3:23 style, to the glory of God because nothing done otherwise will stand once your earthly body expires, and don’t bumble through life without consulting, considering, meditating on, and basking in His word and presence. Solid. “And He shall direct your paths.” Psalm 37:5 says to ” Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” Alright, this is pretty straightforward too; walk in surrender to the Lord in every aspect of your life, and He will make it work.
Breaking it down really proclaims the simplicity of the Christian life. It also exposes the holes in my application. Yes, I need to do all these things. Yes they are wildly simple, but how? How do I do these things? What does this look like in my day to day happenings?
At this juncture in my life I think it means submitting my will to God’s. It means forgetting my plans and going by His. It means waking up everyday and saying “what would you have for me today, Lord?” So that is what I will do. And if He sends a gaggle of five year old girls my way to play tag and let them “braid” my hair for three hours then that is it, I have found my answer. Whatever quiet, tea-drinking, introspective activities I had slated are no longer it. I will gladly oblige the children because I trust in my Lord with all my heart.