Day 12: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Prov 3:5-6)
I’m sure I heard these verses as I was growing up, but they really came alive for me during the year I was at Capernwray Harbour Bible School on Thetis Island in British Columbia, Canada. A trio of girls would sometimes sing the song “Trust” by Sixpence None the Richer during our worship sets. It was such a beautiful song and really spoke to me during that uncertain time in my life. I always loved listening them sing it as I meditated on the lyrics, becoming more calm and peaceful. You can listen to the song here.
I have always loved it when artists take sections of scripture verbatim and set it to music. So powerful and often I won’t even realize some of my favorite lyrics come directly from the Bible until I come across the verses in my own reading of the Word. But when I do, the song will instantly come to mind and I get so excited to realize I had those verses memorized without even realizing it!
All that to say, these verses from Proverbs 3 were ones that meant a lot to back in my Bible school days and yet still speak to me today. For whose life is not full of uncertainty if you really think about it? Also, I can remember specific instances when things would seem particularly out of control so I would dig out my Sixpence None the Richer CD and play “Trust” over and over again. It never failed to calm my heart and mind.
But what is it about these verses that speaks to me so deeply? I feel like there is so much truth in them that is almost impossible to unpack it all or even begin to explain all the levels of meaning they encompass. However, I will try to explain what they mean to me right now at least.
I have lived on my own for so many years now that I recently realized I have turned into quite a strong, independent woman (or at least much more than I used to be). While there are definitely benefits to that for sure, one of the downsides is that I sometimes try to solve problems all on my own without bringing others into the equation. Culture tells me I don’t need to depend on anyone else and that I can do whatever I set my mind to do. And yet that is such a lie! Because nobody lives their life in a vacuum and sometimes even our best laid plans fall through.
My independence particularly becomes an issue though when I also push God out of my decision-making process. When I choose not to trust in Him completely for the outcome and seek to make it come about under my own willpower. When I do lean on my own understanding of a situation and fail to recognize there is another, a higher perspective, it can be viewed from as well. Once this happens, my path through life starts to feel meandering and directionless and I usually begin to wonder why this is the case.
Lord, forgive my lack of trust in You. Help me to acknowledge Your sovereignty instead of relying on my own feeble understanding. Grant me a clear path in life that seeks to honor You above all else. Amen.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Prov 3:5-6)