Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Trust in the Lord
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By Ramone - May 27, 2008
Yesterday I sat down to study the Bible together with Yoko and her sister. Earlier in the day when I thought about what to study, I knew we could pick up from where we left off last time, but... I had the impression from the Lord that my sister-in-law (who had suggested having a study that day) had something to bring, something to share, something that He had put in her for us.
So I asked and she mentioned Proverbs 3:5-6,
Trust in the Lord with all your heartAs we talked about it, I felt the Lord nudge with the idea to visualize this, like a path, with things in our lives in front of us like tiles or squares to step in.
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight.
There are a lot of different "things" each of us sees before us, and we don't know how they all will fit together. Often it seems impossible. And then often we try to figure how and in what order. Some things seem really distant. Some things are in front of us, not by our choice. Other things are dreams, ideas, visions, hopes and plans. And then there are just things that need to be done which we haven't been able to get to yet.
I encourage you to try this, just like we did. Draw yourself and then put ahead of you all the things on your path (or that you think are on your path or that you want on your path). Most of us naturally feel stressed --and a twinge of hopelessness-- when we see this. Don't be afraid of it, because that's what He wants to give us rest about.
After you've written this out, take Proverbs 3:5-6 and put it in big, bold letters over the whole picture, and spend some time in God's presence reflecting on it, and talking to Him. Let Him speak to you that this is true for you in each of the things on your path. Ask Him what He's saying to you. And ask Him where He is leading you (He "goes before you" in everything - John 10:4).
Choose to lay down each thing, to surrender to His understanding. Choose to trust that He will make your paths straight. We can't see how, but we can trust that in His sight (picture #3) our paths are in His hands. In His eyes our path is straight. And He will make it straight for us as we rest in Him and trust in Him.
Thank You, Jesus, my shepherd, for making my paths straight. I can't see how, but You can see all things. I don't know how this and this and that will fit, but You do. There are some places I know I have to go, and yet I don't want to. There are other places I want to go but I'm afraid You won't take me. Jesus, I surrender these each to You now, one-by-one, in Your name, Jesus. I trust that You are my good shepherd who loves me. And You go before me. My rest is in following You. In each thing You are leading me to the "waters of rest" (Ps.23:2). Bless You, Jesus. Thank You. I choose to see in faith that You make my paths straight, that You have seen all, and You have already made my paths straight. Grant me continuing trust and eyes of faith tos ee as You see, and when I can or can't see, to trust You at all times. You are my understanding. I love You, Jesus.
Bless you in Jesus.
I love this. It is so cleansing to really do this! Proverbs 3:5-6 are my life-verses. And it's amazing that even though I meditate on them all the time, still, I allow myself to be distracted by things that are simply there to steal focus. I find myself more and more each day settling down my mind and choosing the more simple path.