Recently, I read an article where the author was remembering her childhood days where she was learning to swim. At first, she wanted to make sure she could feel something hard like the bottom or side of the pool. The fear seemed so great that she would stiffen up rather than relax; therefore, she would sink. This can also be compared with trying to solve a problem without God. We may say that we trust Him, but still want to feel something hard or concrete as in the bottom or side of the pool. Couldn’t that be leaning into our own understanding?
Proverbs 3:5 reads “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” That means to me to allow God to reveal Truth to me, not try and humanly outline the outcome. The only way one can swim is to Trust and release the side of the pool. Today I will do just that.
Recently, while at my desk reading the Bible, my young cleaning lady who speaks limited English asked what I was reading. As I began attempting to explain the story of the tares and the wheat, she had a puzzled look on her face. Realizing I was trying to intellectualize the parable, immediately I turned to God and thought of Proverbs 3:5 where it states “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
There is no recollection of what I said but her smile was huge as I realized Truth and Love was what she understood. It made no difference the words but it is clear that Love and Truth represent the Universal Language. Maybe it was just putting the Bible down and giving her time. Maybe she knew I really cared about her. There is no doubt that we both felt the presence of God as we embraced and said out “Good-byes”.
Recently, I was coming home from an errand on the back roads and driving along 45mph, which was the speed limit. A car came right out in front of me from a side road and I had to throw on my brakes and then it slowed to 20mph. Would not even share here what was going on in my thoughts, but they were not pleasant. For about ten minutes, I drove in such misery until I noticed what I was doing! The car in front of me was just “puttering” along while I was stewing!
Proverbs 3:5 came to thought which reads, “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” So, I just released it and claimed my joy again.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 Whenever it seems I have much to do humanly as I do today, the temptation often arises to outline the day but today I will refer to the above scripture when that happens.
There are distractions everywhere, but God is always right here to center me!