I read somewhere recently that trust and understanding rarely accompany one another. Truer words were never spoken.
It seems recently that as I begin to engage in this next chapter of my life, the more I am learning to trust and the less I understand. The simple but deep revelation that is settling into my heart is that if I understood everything, there would be no reason for me to trust.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding.”
This familiar verse has made its way across my path several times in the past few days, and I am learning to slow down and listen when the Lord is trying so persistently to capture my attention.
When I see these words, one of the first things that comes to my mind is one evening several years ago when I was speaking at a ladies’ meeting at church. My message was on trust, and I opened my hardcover Bible to the page where this verse was found.
As I spoke, I began to casually but carefully tear the page out of my Bible, much to the horror of some of the ladies there. I held the page up and said, “This is my understanding.”
I then held up a pen and said, “And this is me.”
Holding the page just above the podium, I tried in vain to lean the pen into the page. Needless to say, the very thin paper could not support the weight of the pen, and the pen just kept falling.
I carefully placed the page back inside the Bible, closed the Book and said, “But watch this. When I submit my understanding to God’s and allow His Word and His understanding to surround mine…” I stood the Bible up on the podium and successfully leaned the pen into the Bible, which, of course, was plenty strong to support it. My point was made.
I still have that Bible, and that page is still folded and rests in its rightful place. It serves as a constant reminder to me of how feeble my understanding is and that my need to fully trust Him is great.
“In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight.”
As we encounter the stuff of life that presents itself to us every day, it is the acknowledging of Him that proves to be the greatest challenge. In order for me to acknowledge Him, I have to be still long enough to take my hands off the stuff and what I think the outcome should be and ask Him what His plan is in it. He promises that if we will simply do that, just stop and ask for His direction, He will make the path straight before us.
It’s like a divine GPS navigation system. Only the desired destination (destiny) has already been entered for us. He is giving us the directions. We just have to listen and follow the straight path that He is placing before us.
The direction I think things are going seems to be changing almost daily, and as the Lord keeps gently reminding me, my security is not in the circumstances that surround me. My security lies in the quiet confidence that I am being closely held in the shadow of the Almighty, nestled safely next to His heart. Here is where I have found my hope.
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength…”