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BIBLE TEXT: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. –Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I just returned from a whirlwind of a trip to Kentucky and West Virginia. In less than two full days, we drove over 1100 miles round trip. Before leaving, I had studied the routes we might take, but during the trip I relied primarily on my trusty GPS.
Everything was going well, until the GPS seemed to be routing us further away from civilization and deeper off the beaten path. While I’m normally the adventurous type, as the two-lane road turned into one and the paved road turned in to dirt, I began to question myself. After crossing a creek (without a bridge) and climbing higher into the Appalachians with the “road” bordered by a wall of rock on one side and a gorge so deep we couldn’t see bottom on the other, I truly began to wonder if I had made some kind of mistake. And yet, the GPS still showed us as being on the right path. I took this picture just to prove it in the event we rolled off the cliff and died! True to its mission, the GPS eventually led us over the river and through the woods to civilization – and our destination.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: This passage has become so “well known” that many just glance over it without giving it much thought anymore, but the fact remains that it is true. Just like my GPS, if we trust fully in God and rely solely on Him, He will direct our paths and guide us to our destination. Like many things, that is much easier said than done. I know this personally because I am one who doesn’t like to rely on anyone– not even on my GPS. That’s why I studied the maps ahead of time, and that’s why this was such a good lesson for me to learn. Sometimes we have to trust fully in God – but when we do, He is faithful to show us the way!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for always being with us and keeping us on Your path. Help us to trust You more every day and forgive us when we try to rely on ourselves instead of You. Thank you for your patience with us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
On a mission’s trip to Bolivia several years ago, Justin was broken for the people of God in a way that can only happen on such a trip. After that experience, and several like it, Justin began seeking God’s will more intensely and it has led him to begin the process of entering the mission’s field full-time. Until that time comes, he continues to operate Henry Brothers, a roofing and construction business.