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 (NIV)
I remember the conversation like it was yesterday.
The work friend sitting across from me in the restaurant. The shock in her face when I told her my husband and I had been in steady prayer, and it was heavy on our hearts that now was the time to go for it. We were taking the leap — walking away from the career I’d spent 15 years to build and instead, walking through door #2 into the absolute unknown.
Walking away from something is just plain hard. Let’s be real about that. It means we’re saying ‘No’ to one thing, so we can say ‘Yes’ to something or Someone else. But in that, the path isn’t always paved. Or clear-cut. Or offering up a straight-line view at the beginning. What I love about this verse is that even when the paths don’t start out straight, God will MAKE them straight for us along the way.
My understanding of the process of path-walking was limited before that decision to walk away. I’d always taken that paved road. (Comfort and predictability were a couple of my best friends, after all.) But when God laid a burden down and we finally got to a place where we were willing to pick it up — that’s where my understanding died on the road. And I had no idea before that first step, that God was inviting us into a deeper understanding of His heart for us. The kind that only leaning not on our own understanding could bring.
I love the memory of lunch with my friend. Mostly, I remember the shock + loving response she gave me. I think back and smile because she said it was bold. (I wonder if that was code for a little brash? Or a polite way to call me crazy?) If that’s the case, good. Because if there’s any one time in life to be bold, it’s when walking into the absolute unknown.
I don’t know where you’re leaning today.
Maybe it’s into a storm.
Maybe it’s stepping out into the path with the most curves you’ve ever seen.
Or maybe it’s simply turning your back on routine and turning toward real, life-changing, heart-healing, path-straightening UNDERSTANDING of Who He is — and wants to be — in your life.
Lean not, today. Lean not on paved roads or status-quo. Instead, choose door #2. (Or #3. Or #4…) Whatever it takes to pick up the burden that’s long been on your heart, and be bold in pursuing Him along with it.
With JOY in the journey,