Tuesday, May 5, 2009

His Way

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will act.

Psalm 37:5

Trust is at the heart of so much of what we do. We respond to situations and individuals according to our level of trust. Trust is often easily given, but, once broken we discover that trust is not easily restored.

I once put together twelve verses to be memorized for the year. It was part of a talk I gave for a group of Jesus followers starting out the New Year with an Epiphany dinner—the season for new discoveries.

Of course, what begins as a plan of action for others quickly becomes a life lesson for oneself. While the whole of my life has been a continuous lesson on trust that particular period of my life had thrust me into “class” full time.

My “way” was my husband accepting a new pastoral call 1500 miles away. Events along the way were our daughter finishing high school three months early but not being able to see a “graduation”, the death of a family member, packing and posting a “house for sale” sign in a down market, finding a new house to call home, a new town, new congregation, even an unexpected surgery, and five months later saying good-bye to our only child as she began college. Everything was new. Trust became an uncertain commodity in a new environment.

Every morning was a repeated prayer, “I trust you, Lord.” And God acted, intervened, provided all along the way. Today I confidently shout, GOD IS WORTHY OF TRUST.

Jesus, whatever today holds I commit to you;
trusting that you will act in a way that is best for me.

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