I like order.
I function better when loose ends are tied down, relationships are smooth, and circumstances don't get me riled up. Don't we all!
When things are unsettled or uncertain... I begin to meander in my mind and run the whole series of what to do, how to do it, should I do this, or that, or what??
'Trust in the Lord with ALL of your heart... and LEAN NOT to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.'
This verse not only says clearly what I should do, it says very clearly what I should NOT do!
I'm afraid my tendency many times is to begin to 'lean' as I seek solutions to what may be going on.
I know I've told you before that I love a good visual picture. I like a message that is clear and to the point. Even if the message is long, it's the bottom line that I carry away with me. (maybe it's as simple as the fact that I can only remember that much!)
Not only does He tell us to trust Him with all of our heart... what follows is something that I need to remind myself of just about every day...
Lean not to your own understanding.
Like this little guy in the cartoon, he leaned and then lost his balance, probably not even aware that his feet were about to slide out from under him because as he leaned, he stepped onto a banana peel...
Not only should he not have leaned in the first place, the perils it brought were more than he bargained for.
If we begin to lean, we can loose our footing, and the consequences will appear before long. The thing that I love is that there is no gray area here. God is clear. Trust Me with ALL your heart... DON'T lean! When I begin to lean, I always have to go back to the place of obeying the second half of that verse.
My own understanding is limited. My own understanding includes my past experiences and some common sense, and what God has taught me to this point. It also includes what His Word says... but it doesn't include what God already knows about the whole situation or about the future... until I trust Him with it. ALL of it! Then He begins to 'unfold' the right answers.
Trusting God with every circumstance and relationship doesn't leave room for the 'leaning' part. Those are His words, His instructions.
I love it when His Word says it so clearly that even my 'leaning tendencies' are left with no wiggle room!
THAT is safe ground!