In life we (read "I") can hold on too tightly...to things, to people, to the past, to an expectation... Life keeps rolling. I can go with it or I can get run over. If I start with trusting God, trusting Him to rule and reign in my life than I can roll with life. I can appreciate and rejoice over the good, I can mourn the bad. I can trust God through it all.
I can choose hope...life...joy...if I choose to trust God.
Even something as simple as decluttering my house can be an act of trusting God. "God, I trust you that if I need any of this *stuff* again, You who gave it to me in the first place can provide it again." If I can't let go of *stuff*, it's a symptom of a lack of trust. Maybe I am trusting in what I think I have attained, not realizing that all I have comes from God.
I can remember when my kids were each learning to jump off a dock and into the water. I would say, "Jump and I will catch you." And they had to trust me to catch them and jump. If they panicked and grabbed onto something on the way down, they would likely hit the dock and get hurt. And though it was their own fear that made them grab on to that which eventually hurt them, they might be tempted to think it was my failure when really it was that they did not trust me. You have to *let go* when you jump and to do that you have to trust.
I am spending some time this year thinking about how good I am at jumping. In what areas am I not willing to trust? When am I refusing to jump?
Small jumps hopefully lead to bigger ones. Right now I am trying to lighten my life load and to stop spending time caring for stuff I shouldn't have in the first place... Drum roll... Here's what left my house today, off to a *better place.* ;)
We filled our trailer and the back of the van.
Yeah, baby... Feels awesome... Plenty more where that came from... :)
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6