Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Trust and Lean

A couple of months ago my son and I spent part of a Saturday cleaning out the garage. The goal was to get the garage clean enough so that both vehicles could be parked inside for the winter. This was accomplished by moving much of the stuff that was in the middle of the garage to the shed that is behind our house. This shed is pretty spacious with a nice loft on top. Since we plan on moving soon, I thought it would be a good idea to throw all of our empty boxes I had been saving up into the loft and out of the way. So I had my 12 year old son climb up the ladder and into the loft to receive all of the boxes that I tossed his direction for stacking.

Everything was going great! The garage was now cleaned out with both the car and the van inside. This was nothing short of a miracle! But where was Jonathan? I thought he was behind me when I headed out of the shed for the last time. Hmmmmm. Around the house, into the backyard I went. The shed door was still open. Hmmmmmm. I walked into the shed to find my son still up in the loft too terrified to trust in the ladder.

I tried holding the ladder. I tried coaxing him down. I tried going half way up and helping to direct his feet. I talked calmly talking to him (I even lost my temper with him). Nothing could get him down from that loft. This drama filled event lasted for what seemed like an eternity. There was absolutely NOTHING I could say, NOTHING I could do to convince him to trust me or the ladder. He was too gripped with fear.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:4-6)

In my quiet time this afternoon God led me to these verses that I had committed to memory when I was much younger. I began to think about all of the areas of my life that I trust Him. Do I trust Him with my family - check. Do I trust Him with my job - check. Do I trust Him with my finances - check. Do I trust Him..., and the list went on. I began to search my heart to see if there was any area of my life that I holding back just a little piece for me.

My mind then went to the question, "How can you trust all of those things into His care?" The answer - because I know His heart. The word of God is so full of promises and assurances that give us a perfect look into the heart of God.
  • Hebrews 13:5 "... Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
  • Philippians 4:6-8 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. "
  • John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
  • Isaiah 41:13 For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
  • Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
  • Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
God wants us to trust Him with all our heart, in all of our ways. Instead of leaning on our own understandings, He wants us to lean on Him. When there is a decision to be made He wants us to trust Him to lead us in the right direction, down the straight path.

I'd love to tell you that I was able to talk Jonathan down out of the loft, onto the ladder and safely to the ground that day. But I could never get him to believe that ladder that wiggled just a bit would do what I said it would do. In his mind, with his understanding, he was going to fall straight to the ground. It took his father coming out of the house and saying just the right words, in just the right way to get him off of the ledge. What I realize now is that Jonathan still didn't trust the ladder. But he trusted the voice of his father. He trusted the heart of his father and he knew that if he fell, he would catch him.

That's what faith is. Trusting in the heart of God, even when you cannot see His hand. Leaning on Him and believing that even if you fall He will catch you.

Lord teach me to trust you with all of my heart, not holding anything back...


katiegfromtennessee said...

Hey Lisa, thanks for posting on my blog:) This post was definite blessing to me...to trust the heart of my Father:)


Nana 2 four said...

Hey Lisa - I absolutely loved this post. This was powerful and such a good Word today. I do need to work on trusting the Father more. He really doesn't need my help :) - I prayed for you today - hope that things went well. Let me know!

Joyfully His,

Nana 2 four said...

Hey! My word verfication thingy said "win god" No joke!


Aunt Carol said...

Each day your words speak to me. Thank you for sharing this journey with us and I can hear the blessing you are reciving too through this time.

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I can so identify with Jonathan! Sometimes I grab hold to some "fear"....whatever it may be....and I won't let go of it no matter who tells me that there's nothing to fear and that I'm going to be fine. It's only when I can finally trust my Father God that I can turn the fears loose. The verses you used today are a comfort to me!

Keep up the great writings! They're always such a blessing!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for your post. It is just what I need to hear! God is definitely teaching me to trust Him now. Thank you for your comment on my blog too (http://capturedbyGod.wordpress.com) Bless you!

Cindi said...

Hi Lisa,

Sharing your experiences and relating them to God's Word and His promises are like...wow, that was so good. I realized that there is an area where I need to trust Him more. I will share this one with Joelle, too. She's having to make a big decision about what classes & extra-curricular activities she'll take next year, her senior year. This probably means dropping something she's had for a while.

Keep this up!