“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5.
Trusting in the Lord with all our heart is easier said than done. We might say we trust in Him, and the second we’re done saying the prayer, we pick up our worries again. Which, of course, indicates that we don’t really trust Him.
So how do we truly trust in the Lord with all our heart and not lean on what we know, or think we know? It seems we pray this prayer and then let go. The adage of, “Let go and let God,” is what we must enlist at this juncture if we hope to fulfill the sentiment of this passage. And again, this is much easier said than done.
So how, exactly, do we do this? Letting go and letting God and trusting Him with all our heart requires a deep relationship with Him. We must enter into a childlike posture and believe that He has our best interests in mind, that He has every desire to work things out for good for us and that He will do it in His own way and His own time. And we must let go of any assumptions we have about what would be best, what we really need, what would make us happy and fulfilled and what would be the best and most expeditious timetable for all of this to occur.
Whether we are concerned about career opportunities, concerned about a family problem or concerned about a health issue, the invitation sits before each one of us to enter into a trusting relationship with God today. Begin by looking deep into your own heart and ask what your deepest desire is. Then take this deep desire and offer it to God in prayer. Ask for what you need. He tells us to do that. Ask, seek, knock. Then tell Him thank you for hearing you and go back to whatever business was at hand and leave it in His hands.
And if you get scared and try to pick up the problem or issue by worrying about it again, offer Him your doubt, as well. He wants all of us, even the times we worry and doubt that what we asked for can be done.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 extension 718.