“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall make straight your paths.”
Trusting in God can be one of the most difficult things we will ever do. It means we do not lean on our own understanding, our own confidence or our own perceptions of how things should or should not be. It means we stop second-guessing ourselves, and God, and the events of our lives and enter into God’s Will and Way for our present and our future. It means we try to see the whole picture, not just the small details that tend to frighten us.
How do we do this? We begin by trusting God. Not just saying we trust Him, but really doing that. Where does such faith come from? Usually prayer, which is time spent with Him, quietly offering our praise and asking for what we need.
God wants a relationship with us and He goes to great lengths to invite us to Himself and be open to His miraculous ways. He sent His Son to demonstrate His love and care for us, and yet we often still do not have faith. We make an effort to go our own way by tryting to find the sustenance we need to stand firmly on our own every day. What we do not see is the only sustenance we truly need comes from Him.
When we fully turn to God, admitting our persistent fears and deepest doubts, we will find He can then enter into our human experience and share with us His divine vision. We must first relinquish our seemingly very important need to worry about whatever situation we face and give it to Him, trusting that He shall make our paths straight.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist with Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South in Stillwater. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.