Sunday, January 24, 2016

My word for 2016: TRUST

Dear friends,

Here are some reflections I've been having...

Lately, I've really been dwelling on Proverbs 3:5-6...ever since one of my superiors at work came and told me he was thinking of it for me.  He vaguely knew I was going through a struggle that I didn't really understand and he felt impressed to tell me he was praying.  You probably know which one it is, but it says, "Trust in the Lord, with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."  I don't know about you, but for me it was always one of those verses that you memorize at a very young age, you see written, posted, painted everywhere, and heard so often that you're starting to wonder if it's being overused, abused, and taken out of context.  Because of all of that, I don't think I've ever sat down and just thought about that verse, as powerful as it is, and what it could mean...especially what it would look like to apply to my life.  I tell you what!  It shook me and was exactly what I had needed to hear!  (Side note:  So thankful to have a boss that really tunes into the leading of the Holy Spirit)


So, ironically, one of the biggest words for me to grow in the year of 2016 is TRUST....Coincidence?  I should like to think that it's providence instead.  Considering this verse had so much to do with that one word, I really delved into it....Since I'd never truly reflected on it, I thought I'd jot down a few of my thoughts...and then I decided to share because I never know who might be going through a similar struggle and could stumble across my little blog and be blessed.... 

So...

Trusting when you don't fully understand can be so hard. Especially, if you're anything like me with a desire for an explanation in everything. I'm realizing, I can't understand all things...I'm not capable. That being said, it doesn't always have to make sense for it to be the right thing to do. I have to choose to TRUST that His way is so much better.  Often times, trust, (at least the kind that He desires for us to have) means giving up our own passions, our own purpose, and our own plan in order for us to experience His passions, His purpose, and His plan for us.  It hurts to kill those desires, but it is necessary to experience Him.  Sometimes, He ends up giving our own wants and agendas right back to us, because He placed them there to begin with.  But He gives them back blessed, for we chose to surrender to Him! 

God's ways can be so confusing to my little human brain, but if I know anything about God, He is good!  So incredibly good...and kind....and patient...and just...(and I could totally turn that into another blog post in the future) The more we trust that His way is better and submit to that, the more blessing there is in our life.  Trust is difficult because it requires us not to lean on our own understanding, to leave the familiar, to give up the comfortable, but it is blessed. 

Another thought I was thinking...what did I think my life would look like if I were to acknowledge him in the way I do every single thing? I know the way I've acted, things I've said, and what I've entertained myself with would all be a little different sometimes. Hard thought...If I couldn't acknowledge God in it, should I be doing it?  To be proactive in this, is constantly evaluating your thoughts, words, and actions...is it honest, trustworthy, noble... As difficult as that may be, I so desire the outcome of this verse. So much more than what my flesh wants.... I WANT Him to make my paths straight! So in 2016, I want to make a more active choice than ever to TRUST in Him with all of my heart and choose not to lean on what I understand. And I want to acknowledge Him in all of my ways, for I desire His straight path for my life.

Well, I'm off to learn how to trust....

Happy pilgrimming!

Destiny

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