"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34 NIV

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stepping Stones of TRUST

     One sunny day last week I took a walk in the woods, but the path I was on was not less traveled. The grass had been warn away and collecting mud told of the rainstorm the night before. My eyes were at my feet, trying not to take a good portion of the grime home with me. How could I avoid the yuck?

     I soon discovered I no longer heard the birds or appreciated the flowers and kiss of the wind. I could not feel the sun on my face nor see the budding trees all around me because my focus was directed just in front of me. I was distracted.

     I do this all the time in life. A problem comes my way and immediately my focus shifts down to my narrow path and in to how it is affecting me. I know this is not what God desires of me.

     After my walk, he showed me five "Stepping Stones of TRUST" that I can use to journey safely across the mud, the trials of this life.

T    Turn to God for Help First
       He is an ever present help in trouble.  Psalms 46:1

R    Refuse to Believe the Lies of the Enemy
       Resist him, standing firm in your faith. 1 Peter 5:9

U    Understand the Difference Between My Agenda and God's
       My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways. Isaiah 55:8

S     Seek Out the TRUTH in Scripture
       The truth will set you free. John 8:32
T    Thank God for Opportunities of Dependence
       In all things give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

     Now, when I am tempted to worry about the problems right in front of me, I remember to TRUST.  I ask God to help me and give me wisdom. I recognize that I am tempted to worry, but it is a lie that worry changes any circumstances beyond creating uneasiness inside me. I look at the outcome I desire and realize it may not be God's will. I immerse myself in the truth of scripture, comforted by God's promises. Finally, I thank God that He is in control and I am not.

     Amazingly, the mud turns to dust and blows away with the wind. My footing is firm. Standing on the promises of God is the safest place to be.

     Lord, thank you for showing me the way of TRUST. I want to walk on your path all the days of my life. Help me keep my gaze on you instead of at my feet. Amen.

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