Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not in your own understanding. — Proverbs 3:5
So my family and I go to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee just before Christmas. I love going to look at all those Christmas lights, watching the Christmas shows, and basically just enjoying the atmosphere in the Smoky Mountains. Of course we had built it up with our kids and they were super excited.
Usually, as soon as we get to the park, my little girl and I turn left and go ride the coasters in Timber Canyon. But this time, my little boy was quick to make sure he got dibs on Daddy’s attention, “Will you ride The Sky Rider with me first, Daddy?” I told him I would and this of course started a sibling war. At any rate, I was going to keep my word and as soon as we got to Dollywood, my little man and I turned right and headed toward “The Country Fair.”
As we were walking, my little man immediately started doubting me.
Him: This is the wrong way, Daddy!”
Me: “No it isn’t, I can go straight there, trust me.”
Him: “Are you sure this is the right way?”
Him: “I think this is the wrong way.”
Now, I know my way around Dollywood. I have been there enough times now where I can navigate the place quite well. A few minutes later, we were in line for the “Sky Rider.” My little guy was the happiest dude in the park.
Why do I tell you all of this?
My little boy had trouble trusting his dad. When he got to his intended destination, he was happy, content, and thankful that he trusted his daddy.
How many times have I questioned my Heavenly Father? How many times have I flat out refused Him? I am embarrassed to count. So many times God was trying to lead me to one place or another and I just flat out refused because I didn’t trust Him. Every single time I didn’t listen to Him, I ended up far from where I wanted to be.
As I sit here and ponder 2015, I think about how far He has brought me in the 23 years I have been a Christian. Yes, I used to be a very young Christian questioning God’s direction and motives all along the way. Thank God I never let go of His hand. He has always brought me to a place that I could not get to by myself.
Today, I am a young adult Christian. This year, I want to put my hand in His and trust Him. Whatever He asks me to do, I don’t want to evaluate it, I don’t want to question it, I just want to do it. Wherever He asks me to go, I don’t want to doubt or ask Him if He is sure (as if God second guesses Himself) . . . I just want to go.
Up until this point in my life, He has not one time ever let me down.
He is not going to start now.
This year, read the Word. The Word teaches us how to live. The way God asks us to live is in stark contrast to the way the world tells us to live. When you know that God has told you where to go, then go. When you know that God has told you to start working for Him, then go to work for Him. When you know that God has told you to drop that sinful relationship, drop it. When you know that God has told you to regularly spend time with Him, then carve out some quiet time and do it.
My little boy got to his intended destination by holding on to my hand and trusting that I knew what I was doing and knew where I was going.
Let’s you and I do the same with our Heavenly Father in 2015.
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.” – Proverbs 3:6