Grant shared a scripture last Sunday. He said everyone should read this one regularly and know it well. Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
HINDSIGHT IS 20/20
I attended the funeral of a friend this week. The service was very nice, it was more of a celebration of a life well lived. I knew there would be a wide range of emotion that day, but the service reached deeper for me than I ever expected. As I sat there with tear stained eyes, among those who were grieving the loss of their loved one, I began to see the complicated tapestry of God’s plan laid out behind me. If only I had seen it ahead of me years before. I could see that there really was purpose to the intertwining of various lives. I could see the paths that He likely wanted me to take…and I could see how they sat untouched because I ventured off course. I could see ever so clearly how I should have, could have, would have….if only I had known. I could see how things would be different today…if only.
If only what? If only I had just trusted. If only I had not only read the scripture above, but actually practiced it daily. If only I had truly trusted God when things looked so bad I could hardly stand it. If only I had not leaned on what I thought I knew, but only trusted on what His Word says. If only I had allowed Him to direct my paths.
If I had trusted I could have avoided the deep pains of regret, and the heavy load of consequence realized. But I didn’t…so now what? Do I carry this heavy load alone? Do I look back and shake my head…forever? No.
I take the scripture above and I start today. Today, Lord I trust You with all of my heart. Today, Lord I will not lean on what I know, what I have done, what I see with my eyes. I will acknowledge You, look to you, and trust You. I know that You will direct my paths. Today.