Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6)
I’ve watched with interest over these last seven months as my oldest daughter, having returned home, after another camping job overseas, now needed to find a job. She stepped off the plane thinking that within a very short time she would have a job. After all she have sensed strongly that it was time to return home – the Lord told me … I think.
But what I saw was this soldier for Christ physically, mentally and spiritually worn out. After a gruelling camping season her body was broken and hurting. Coupled with that was a wonderful harvest season where over 150 young people had believed in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour under her ministry. She was exhausted.
Now for somebody who needs to be on the go all the time, it was a culture shock. It was like training a new puppy. For a while it walks well on the lead and then all of a sudden it explodes with energy wanting to be free. Gradually she began to slow down and allowed God’s to take over the healing and restoration process.
She spent some time with her brother and his wife in the South Island. She so much wanted to live in the South Island. She had her heart set on a city in the south, but no doors opened – the Lord told me … I think.
Seeing doors had closed she returned home and applied for a number of jobs, all to no avail. What she hadn’t comprehended was that God was carefully and intentionally taking her on a journey deeper and deeper into Him where her full reliance for her future would depend on the Lord.
We had many conversation, sometimes just listening, seeking God, or offering advice. I suggested that she looked in her toolbox as to her strengths, skills, gifts and abilities she had developed throughout her life. She has a great heart for evangelism and wants everyone to be saved. Her other great love is the outdoors – being in God’s creation. Whether it be through hiking, camping and photography she has been able to express this so beautifully many times through the lens of a camera.
A job came up a few months ago and while it matched her skill and experience, there was a problem. It was in a city that she did not want to live in. So again, carefully and graciously God moved her heart to look at the bigger picture and the long road to his plan. She thought nothing more of it and went looking for jobs in the South Island. But God had finished yet. Remember the Lord told me … I think.
A couple of months went by and the job appeared again, so she applied for it. Straight away she had an interview and was offered the job within the week. Before she accepted it, however, 3 jobs opportunities she had applied for in the South Island all offered her interviews. Now she had a dilemma. She went back before the Lord and examined all that was before her. Carefully seeking guidance from the Lord she came to the conclusion to be obedient to the Lord’s leading and take the job. She started yesterday.
And if God is not good, a flatting opportunity became available that is 15 minutes away from her new work and, with a group of people she already knew. The Lord told me!
This a picture of faithfulness trusting in the Lord to direct our paths. This is what the Lord wants for each one of us. The source of so much of our anxiety, fear, doubt, and anger is the result of leaning on our own understanding.
With God He knows what’s best for us and when there seems like no way, He will make a way. I personally think the hardest part to trusting is taking the first step. At first we may not understand how we will make it down the path, before we start the journey, but quite frankly understanding is not a requirement to take the first step.
For me trusting the Lord with all my heart is seeking the Lord above everything else with confidence that He will make my paths straight.
The greatest power we have as individuals is the power to choose. So if we choose to trust the Lord, we cannot also depend upon our own ability to understand everything God is doing. We experience something we are not capable of doing on our own, we are empowered. The greatest part of it all is feeling so close to God in those moments.