Self-reliance or God-reliance?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Proverbs3: 5
About this time last year, an event was scheduled that I just knew was a God-given opportunity for me. I was absolutely convinced that I was meant to be there. However, just before the appointed weekend, I broke my ankle in two places and had to cancel. I kept affirming that God knew all about it and had something in mind…but I didn’t like it one bit. This past year has brought me new opportunities, tasks, and learning experiences. Somewhere during this time, my feelings of disappointment about missing that event have come around. I believe there was a reason I didn’t get to go even though I still don’t know what that reason was. I’m at peace about it.
Of course we have to use the brains God gave us to make plans but we set ourselves up for disappointment when we take our plans as the final word. Trusting God instead of our limited understanding doesn’t mean we don’t have feelings when things don’t turn out as we think they should. After all, God gave us our emotions as well as our brains. It’s okay to feel whatever we feel, but our feelings don’t have the last word any more than our thoughts do. Opinions change. Feelings change. Plans change. But God is eternal. That’s why we are on firm ground when we put our trust in him.
Prayer: Lord, increase my trust in You.
Reflection for sharing: Think of a time when something you were sure of didn’t turn out the way you expected. What helped you work it through?