“Trust in the Lord with all your heart”
It’s the first phrase of a proverb. It was in my head almost as soon as I woke up. It arrived in a photo finish with the thoughts of how much I have to do. It was closely followed by the thoughts of how disappointed people will be if I don’t finish all those. It was almost as though there was a race for the direction of my day.
I haven’t thought about that proverb for awhile.
It goes something like this: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Don’t depend on your own capacity to understand. In all the things you accomplish, acknowledge the giftings and graces of the Lord. And as you are leaning into Him, he will direct your paths.”
On a morning where I needed a step-by-step reminder of how to walk through the day in front of me rather than getting lost in distractions and discouragement, these words arrived.
As I thought about the encouragement I was feeling, I remembered my message from Pentecost Sunday, just two mornings before.
I had written that one of the roles of the Holy Spirit is reminding us of what Jesus taught. This one of the things that Jesus says the Holy Spirit will do. It was an important job. As the Bible was being written, as John was recording the words about the Holy Spirit from John 15 that we read on Sunday morning, it was the Holy Spirit helping him think, bringing to mind the words from the last supper. So, I said on Sunday, when we’re in a conversation and someone accurately remembers something from the Bible, I think that’s the Holy Spirit working.
Or when we wake up with a familiar but forgotten proverb in our heads, I think that’s the Holy Spirit working, too.