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 path. Proverbs 3:5-6 This has been a favorite promise of mine for as long as I have had my own Bible. I cannot begin to tell how many times I’ve clung to these verses at times when the outcome looked dismal to say the least. These two verses gave me hope to keep on trusting and following God, knowing all along He knew what was in my path and how He and I would walk through every obstacle. When I am able to trust in Him and look beyond the surrounding circumstances, I realize there is nothing my God can’t do and what He does is so much better than I could ever ask or think.
This promise has been even more real to me as my husband and I are walking into a new phase of our life this year. In October we “retired” from our positions as pastors of Lake Gaston Christian Life Centre with no place to go, put our house up for sale, and began searching for a home closer to our son and his family. Stepping out like this has been a bit of a leap for us. Personally, the thought of change makes me nervous. I am standing on Proverbs 3:5-6 and trusting in the Lord as we pray for His direction. We have Pastor’s hearts and will always be serving in some type of ministry. For this time we are trusting in the Lord, knowing He knows what is best for us.
As I think about not leaning on my understanding and always acknowledging the Lord, I realize every promise rests on the premise that we trust what the Lord has said and not what we think we know. Our daughter and her family living far away in Phoenix and our son and his wife just had their first child. With all of the recent changes in our personal lives, we have had some challenges – we all have them from time to time. In December the Lord directed me to start the year praying for His favor for our family, my husband, our children and grandchildren, as well as our extended family. I began claiming that promise the Lord had put on my heart, again trusting in the Lord and leaning not on my understanding. That prayer was confirmed in January at the Network Day of Prayer when Pastor Frank spoke from Luke 4:19, “the time of the Lord’s favor has come” as a promise for our network. The time of the Lord’s favor has come. What a confirmation! I just love it when God reinforces his promises to us. Pastor Frank didn’t know what promise was placed in my heart since the end of December, but God did. For now, I’m trusting God for His favor.