Recently we had our first snow fall of this winter. Eight or nine inches of beautiful snow.
It’s also cold and icy but as I sat looking at it, through the warmth of my home and under a blanket, it was beautiful.
Whiteness blanketed the trees, the grass, and our entire yard.
The blanket of snow feels like such a gift. It’s like God saying, “I have the whole world covered. I can take care of itÂ all!”
And just like that, His peace filled my heart and mind. The words from the verses I had read earlier began to come back to my thoughts, and my eyes returned to my Bible still opened beside me.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Â Â Â Â and lean not on your own understanding;
Â in all your ways submit to him,
Â Â Â Â and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Â Â Â Â fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
Â Â Â Â and nourishment to your bones.”
(Proverbs 3:5-8, NIV)
Such familiar verses, committed to memory, often recalled, and yet this morning they fell as fresh as the snow outside.
The stresses of the last two weeks have hit family and friends hard. Going to work, having to make decisions on how to keep those around us safe, and hearing of the needs of others all can bear down on our tender hearts more than we even realize.
Sitting quietly in the early morning light, I wondered how we are to handle these days, and in response, He brought those Scriptures.
- We are to trust Him. Keep remembering God has been faithful in the past and will continue to be so. He cannot be anything other.
- We are not to lean on our own understanding. We can be so prone to seek understanding and wisdom from all sorts of sources. While books, experts, and even people we may trust can bring wonderful information, we must rely on guidance from God.
- We are to be teachable. God will make our paths straight, one step at a time. Remember He has brought you thus far. Remember the decisions He has led you to make. Remember the insight and understanding He has given. And stick with it.
Lean on Him.
“This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
In a recent post, Mary Geisen’s words resonated with me: “If we become better listeners, we are able to shine our light for Jesus and become truth-tellers for those around us.” You can read her words HERE.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.