Friday thoughts

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and Lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight.

This verse resonated with me one Sunday as I sat in church on a spring morning. I have never read the Bible cover to cover, or taken a religion studies class, or consistently attended church, so hearing a bible verse for the first time isn’t new. But this one stuck. I wrote it on a post-it note and stuck it on my nightstand.

The post-it stuck for a week and then as I cleaned the apartment I tossed it into the trash, not thinking much about it. Fast forward to a few days ago, I sat at my desk signing business checks for our accountant and was feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and regretful because my expectations of how I thought things should be going weren’t being met. How easily I had forgotten this verse and how quickly I was to lean on my own understanding of the situation, and not His.

I read this blog post a few days ago and it also reminded me of this exact verse. “We can do so much planning and preparing on our own only to realize we’ve been traveling down the wrong road the whole time. But, if we pray to align ourselves with the Father’s heart, He will make our paths straight.”

I let those words sink in. I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know the path that God has laid out for me. In those moments or days of frustration and overwhelm, if I could let myself feel those things but also know that God has got it. I have to put my trust back into God. I have been neglectful with prayer and my attendance at church. And even though there is a lot that I can control, He is there to help with the rest. I just hadn’t been letting Him.

I re-wrote this bible verse and pinned it on the bulletin board that hangs above the desk. I’ve looked at it several times already. It won’t be tossed in the trash again.

If you’ve had a few of those days this week where you are feeling alone, or lost, or regretful, let this verse be your guide. Write it down and let it be in a place you can look at it as much as you need to.

Wishing you a happy summer weekend!

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