“What is your one word?” she asked. “What one word describes where you are right now in your spiritual life?”
I was part of a team preparing to lead a weekend retreat for women. Instantly, my mind began reviewing the difficulties of the previous years. My word was obvious: trusting.
Actually, the word was one I had turned to often over the past ten years … especially in the days following my husband’s declaration: “I feel God is calling me into the ministry. So I want to quit my job and go back to school.”
My first thought was he just needed to be more active in church and follow the lay leader track. Then the verse I had been relying on through another turmoil popped into my head: Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.
Through the various seasons of our lives, it is easy for our thoughts to get lost in questions and deducing why something is happening. What’s going on? When will this situation change? We’re sure we can figure everything out ourselves instead of turning to and trusting in God. Placing total trust in anything, even God, is often difficult for us. We can feel vulnerable, defenseless, and powerless. One of the wisest men in Scripture taught if we give our hearts over and trust God completely, He will lead us in the direction He desires us to go.
Often, we feel we should not bother God with every little situation or desire. We could not be more wrong. We are commanded to trust in Him and not depend on our own abilities. Our Heavenly Father loves us and wants the best for us. He already knows all the thoughts and desires of our hearts. We won’t always understand, and the questions will still go ‘round and ‘round in our head, but when we turn our hearts over to the Lord, He reveals the word to lead through a particular season.
Don’t rely on yourself. Rely on Him. He will guide you through.
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Kim and Yvonne Tumblin