BY: SAMSON BOYD
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BIBLE TEXT: Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: When I set out to become a “professional drummer” God gave me the opportunity to do some drumming and allowed me to play at the Ryman and a few key locations that were a blessing to me. But as I was pursuing my drumming career I needed a “real job” to pay the bills. As it turned out God opened up an opportunity for me to work at the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in the real estate department for a period of 10 years. Although it paid the bills, it was a time of “many trials” under a cruel taskmaster. I continued to pursue a career in music during that time while my wife and I were in the midst of seeking what God’s will was for our lives. About 2 ½ years ago my wife and I felt that it was time for me to leave the BIA and pursue the direction we felt God leading us to. As it turns out God changed directions on us. We were headed south and He told us to “Head for Narnia and to the North,” so to speak. I ended my 10 years in the BIA (a secure federal job), but come to find out, the skills I learned there will serve as a valuable tool that I will utilize in what God has planned for me in the next season of my life.
I had a completely different idea of what I was going to do than what God had and I had to trust him to take me there and finish what He started. Even though there were many trials, struggles, and challenges along the way I had a quiet peace that I knew GOD was leading and I HAD TO KEEP TRUSTING. Sometimes that faith of a mustard seed seems hard to come by but it’s such a small amount compared to the One we know to trust. I was raised on a foundation of faith and saw God move mountains and He still moves them today in my life, so for me it was more of a “building of faith” in my own life. I felt in my heart as I shared with my wife, “I don’t know when or how, but I do know it will be.”
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Ecclesiastes 3:1: “For Everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” As you commit your ways to the Lord I believe He will give you the desires of your heart.
I am encouraged that in all these things, as we seek Him, God is working on our behalf. Yes, through the trials and many struggles and through the good. I have been given opportunities where I did not feel “qualified” yet I realize that in all things He will give strength and guidance, and as we rely on the Lord, He will lead us for what lies ahead in His will and plan for our life.
I know in all things He is remolding me and I liken it to being in the “potter’s hands” for the purpose He has for my life. I look forward to being renewed as “new wineskins” for the New Wine that the Lord wants to pour into me, and you, in order to hold what it is He is giving to each of us. I believe that He is renewing me daily, as He will you, as you “Trust in him with all your heart and don’t lean to your understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge him and he WILL direct your path.” (Proverbs 3:5, 6)
PRAYER: Lord, as we seek your will for our lives, let hearts be open to your leading and sensitive to your Spirit. Help us to let go of “our will” and to take hold of your will. Encourage the lives of those that are in the midst of change and pour out your blessings upon them as they trust your guiding. May our faith be rooted in your firm foundation so we know that even in the unexpected we can trust you.
In the Wonderful Name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Samson Boyd is a full-blood Native American Mdewankton Sioux from Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana. He was born and raised on the reservation with eight other siblings. He was raised in an evangelistic family consisting of six sisters and two brothers who traveled all over Native America and Canada. His family history dates back to 136 years of ministry which he treasures and is grateful to carry on. He worked at the local alcohol and drug treatment center and finished a two-year degree at Fort Peck College on the Ft Peck Indian Reservation and attended one year at Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND, one semester at North West Bible College in Seattle, WA, and one year at Belmont University in Nashville, TN where he pursued his music career as a drummer. He is an entrepreneur in the energy business and he and his family are in the early stages of their new business. He enjoys spending time with his family and “Heading for Narnia and to the North!”