Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.
My parents bought a couple of acres in the mountains when I was in the fourth grade. The lot was on a hilly terrain and over the years they built a cabin, complete with a bunkhouse for the kids. We spent every summer and many weekends up north and had no television there for a very long time. We weren’t really TV kids back then anyway. Mini-bikes, fishing, exploring and late night reading were all part of our entertainment. And jigsaw puzzles.
We loved putting puzzles together and all 4 of the kids and my parents would work on one, on and off. One rainy day the whole family was working on a gigantic puzzle and when we came to the end, we discovered a missing piece. We searched everywhere for it and only after looking for at least 5 minutes did my little brother pull it out of his pocket. Smiling, he exclaimed he wanted to add the last piece because it was the most important.
Trust in God is like a puzzle at times. We want to hold back a piece of ourselves, not surrendering our “all” to Him. We subconsciously can’t believe He would care enough, love us enough, or have enough power to change our lives. And the reason for this lack of complete faith is that we are not God. As humans, we are not completely trustworthy. We try to be and most of us are to a point, but there is a part of us that reserves a little piece of a puzzle, just in case we need it.
In order to fully trust the Lord, we cannot lean on our human understanding. When we are putting our trust in Him for a particular situation, we must pray for His help in teaching us to trust Him. Banning the enemy of God from trying to deceive us, we need to come to God with the trust of a little child. We must put our whole heart into trusting Him. And when we do, our lives will forever be changed.
I keep a single puzzle piece in my wallet as a reminder that God always has the missing piece. You might like that idea too.
Is it hard to put all of our trust in God? Sure it is . . . and that is what faith is all about. Keeping a journal of your trials and how God rescues you time and time again will help you to see that He is faithful and consistent in His love for you. His love never fails.
This acronym might help:
Trials bring us to the point of trusting God
Rest in God’s ability to put the puzzle pieces together
Unending awareness of God’s holiness, love and power
Surrender to God your anxieties, worries, frets, burdens
Thankful for God’s better plan than our own.
Father, forgive my lack of trust in You. Your example of trustworthiness in my life never fails. I fail, but You do not. Thank You for Your amazing love. Thank You for my life lessons.
Trusting in Him,