“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” –Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Sometimes life is as clear as mud.
We are entering the college process with our son, and it is anything but clear. He has visited some schools, read about many others, made his lists, looked at requirements. And of course, there is the shocking cost of college these days. FAFSA, forms, test scores, scholarships, grants, EFC, loans…. this new set of words is now common language at our house. And they are enough to boggle your mind… I sometimes feel like we are in a thick fog, hands extended in front of our faces, trying to blindly feel our way through to clarity.
Fortunately, we have some other people partnering with us to help us find clarity… people who understand the process and can help us lay out a plan to find our way. That has brought a lot of relief to my heart, as I consider the myriad of decisions that need to be made in the next year.
I have spent many other times in my life in this “fog”, searching and desiring clarity in life. How about you? Perhaps you desire clarity about a job, medical questions, a relationship, a big move, what school to go to…. the list is often endless.
The writer of Proverbs reminds us that we too have a partner to walk alongside us through the fog… God Himself. As we trust in the Lord with all our heart, we begin to find our way through. The challenge is to not lean on our own understanding. God’s ways are larger than ours, He often has a plan for our lives that can be different than the one we plan for ourselves. We need to leave our understanding on a shelf and fully rely on God’s understanding of the big picture—which He can see and we cannot.
As we pray and trust Him to find clarity in the fog, He will make our paths straight. And soon we will find situations in our lives that were previously muddy and unclear to come out of the fog and into His glorious light!
Prayer– “Dear Lord, help me to trust in you with my whole heart and acknowledge your ways in my life. As I pray for discernment and clarity, I invite you to show me the path you want me to go on. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”