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"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."
Proverbs 3:5-6

What does it mean to you to trust God with all your heart?

I have thought about this question a lot in the past months. You, like me, have probably noticed how difficult experiences often give us the opportunity to grow in our trust in God.

Earlier this year my world came to a sudden stop one afternoon when my six year old son started screaming in pain and dropped to the floor holding the back of his head. What followed was months of searching for answers, searching for a doctor who cared to look hard enough for the real answers, and praying for God to intervene, to help, to heal. Eventually we ended up leaving the country where we serve to travel to London where a hospital accepted his dossier. Slowly we found some answers but there are still a lot of unknowns.

We have all gone through times when we don’t see God intervene the way we hoped He would. Moments like these give us the opportunity to remember how big God is and how small we are. We can't always understand His ways, but He sees the big picture and we don't. I like to think on this when I am flying in an airplane. From the point of view of my window seat, I see where the roads below are leading. If I was in a car driving I wouldn’t be able to see over those hills, and the direction wouldn’t be as clear. But God can see it all and there are no unknowns for Him. It can give us great comfort to know that He is in control. So let’s read those two familiar verses again today and ponder their meaning.

“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.”

These verses can be a lifeline when we are sinking in our fear and in the unknowns that engulf us. Trust Him with your whole heart, even when the situation you are in doesn’t make sense. Trust is a daily decision, sometimes even hourly. We can choose to trust because we know He is worthy of our trust. Trust Him and He will show you the way forward. Cling to that promise with the strength He gives you today.

Closing Prayer
Father God, You know every detail of my life and the things that weigh heavy on my heart. Help me to trust You with all of my heart. Show me how to do that more today. May I not rely on my own intelligence, my attempts at control or how I think You should work but may I trust You instead. You are completely worthy of my trust. Lord, please direct my paths as I trust You. Thank You for walking each step with me and never leaving me. Amen.
Question for Reflection

In what area of your life is God inviting you to trust Him more deeply today?

Rachel Hendrikson
October 05, 2020

The experience I shared in the devotional is a recent one. We are still needing to trust God on a daily basis as we learn what our son needs and how to help him. There are many unknowns in our future, and I need to take one day at a time, remembering to trust my faithful God.

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