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
This morning I am finishing the sermon I will share later today at the funeral of one of my hospice patients. The man and I never shared a single word, but I learned so much about him as he trusted in those around him to care for his needs.
The writer of Proverbs in chapter 3 invites us to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding."
Words of wisdom for each of us, especially those of us, including myself, who sometimes struggle to understand why it is that some things happen in our life.
In many ways, trusting in the Lord is the invitation to be present with God, even in all our own imperfections. Trusting in the Lord means that we surrender our entire selves to God each day, no matter what the circumstances that we find ourselves living in.
In many ways, it is through our broken, vulnerable and humanness that we begin to understand what trusting in the Lord looks like. In many ways, God becomes visible to us in these moments.
In our joys, as well as, our sorrows, successes and the times we have failed, our hopes, as well as the very things we fear, are all invitations for us to trust in the Lord. We are not invited to dwell on the things that we do not understand. We are invited to simply trust!
In many ways, each moment is a lesson in trusting God! Our many prayers lifted, our sacred conversations and our moments when we simply raise our hands as we surrender, all bring us closer to the place where we are trusting in God.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.