“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.” Proverbs 3:5-6
This week, I took a trip out to Omaha, NE. This time away from home has given me a lot of time to think & reflect on my life. I wonder how I ended up at this very place. What events & what path did I take to make this happen? I have felt moments of loneliness, confusion, and sadness & yet somehow I have this overwhelming sense that God has His hand on my life and that He loves me deeper than I could ever fathom. I owe everything I have & everything I am to Him for the mercy He has shown me.
A few weeks ago, someone dear to my heart sent me a very encouraging message with Proverbs 3:5-6 attached. I have known & loved that verse since childhood. However, at this point in my life, it struck me at my core. I desire to trust God with all of me, and at times, I have listened to the voice that He has put in my heart & although I did not fully understand why He would lead me in a different direction, I trusted Him & took a step of faith. His grace outweighed my weaknesses. I can truly attest, His direction has never failed me.
Now understand, taking a step of faith does not somehow make you invincible to pain. In order to trust & follow God’s will for your life, change is inevitable. With the opportunity for change, you create an environment for growth. With growth, you experience growing pains. Anytime you step out of your comfort zone, expect some initial discomfort. In my experience, the pain begins to fade as you witness God at work in the new path that He has led you to. The joy that comes from trusting God & incorporating His ways into your life will always overshadow the pain of change.
If you feel stuck in life, broken-hearted, exhausted, or afraid, trust in God & show him that He has your heart in every aspect of your life through action. He will light the way for you!