“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
I memorized these two verses at school when I was about 8 years old. There was a song to go with it, and we performed it at a school event at some point that year. We practiced ad nauseum for that event. Even today, I can’t read Proverbs 3:5-6 without the “tune” that goes with it. However these verses (and tune) are also one of the first places my mind goes to when I need reminding that “God has got this”.
Over the past week I took a break from work to clean up, tidy up, reflect on my life, and buy those much-needed new walking shoes. I spent a day with my photos from the last 20 years. There are lots of them. I was reminded of friends, old and new. Adventures, and misadventures. Challenges, the enjoyable and the torturous. I also realized that as I’ve gotten older I approach each day with a lot more trepidation. I am fearful of who or what will come at me with malignant intent (at least from my perspective). Trust is harder to come by. Understanding is confused among the noise of the day. It all brings on an urgency to regularly seek God for counsel and comfort. The Lord of all has got this.
When I was eight, Proverbs 3:5-6 was just a song for a thing at school. Now in my forties, when that sense of foreboding hits, Proverbs 3:5-6 becomes my fight song.
Prayer of Response:
“Heavenly Father, You are the calm in the storm. We ask that You continue to lead us along Your paths, and protect our thoughts from the confusing fog around us. Give us a quiet trust so we may move confidently in this world, being light and salt to all who cross our paths. Amen.”
—Submitted by Kathryn Stok
(Dr. Kathryn Stok currently resides in Melbourne, Australia where she serves as a Senior Lecturer for the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Kathryn, a former LSM Zurich student and Lifesprings leader enjoys travel and staying connected with her Lifesprings family all over the world.)