Lenten Devotionals

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March 22, 2017

Needlepoint Wisdom

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

This Scripture has hung next to my bed for the past six years as I’ve lived and breathed and struggled in this crazy concrete jungle we call home. As a young adult working in New York City, I struggled to find my footing in a church home as I waded through the waters of a big city job, a boyfriend and learning a new city. In late 2012 I was blessed to be pulled toward Fifth Ave and found a home within the community of young adults and eventually the greater church. 

New York is a challenging place, and each time I found myself struggling—whether in my dating life, work or simply finding balance in this city where we too often work hard and play hard—I would turn to my needlepoint Scripture and pray Proverbs 3, verses 5 and 6. 

Trust in the Lord. Trust is one of the most important and most difficult things to do. It takes practice to trust others. I’ve too often seen people give up on others because they’ve broken trust. Until we put our full faith and trust in God, we cannot be one with him.

With all your heart. Giving my whole heart is something I struggle with. In a place like New York, we get broken down and brokenhearted. The path to eternal life is through giving our whole hearts to following Jesus and being better Christians.

Lean not on your own understanding. Too often we (or at least I) find ourselves trusting our own judgment, leaning into our own view of a situation rather than seeking a fuller understanding. Lean not on your own understanding, but trust in the Lord to guide you.

He will make straight your paths. This doesn’t mean we become perfect, because we are far from it. When I sit in prayer and listen for God’s word, that is when I lean into him and trust him.

God, thank you for showing us we can trust you with our whole heart. Help us lean not on our own understanding but to acknowledge you always. Continue to guide us down the right path. In your son’s name we pray. Amen.

Lizzie Brubaker, Elder