Life can be hard. You have to be pretty delusional to think that it’s just going to be a nice big piece of ice cream cake. Each of us have to make hard decisions at some point in our lives. Sometimes it can feel like we are wandering through life with no real sense of direction. We run into relationship problems, lose our job, people we love move away or pass away… life is just hard sometimes.
Katrina and I have the privilege of working at our home church. We get to work with some really great people and we have a loving community of people to run with. It’s always a nice surprise when people from our church family decide to pop into the church and chat. Mike is one of these kind people. He has a pretty good excuse to show up at the church cause his son is our worship pastor.
Yesterday Mike showed up at the church and came up to our office. I joined the conversation a little late but when I showed up Mike and Katrina were chatting about some of the challenges Trin had been running into with her new position. The thing that’s amazing about Mike is that he isn’t one of those people who just sticks to the small talk. He always asks thoughtful questions and gives often profound insight. Mike is in his 60’s and has led a life dedicated to serving and loving God, and he has the most humble heart. One thing that really caught my attention yesterday that he said to us was,
“Everything is going to be okay!”
What he meant was that at certain times in our lives decisions can seem like a really big deal. We can feel stuck in tough situations, but we need to realize that they are just little road blocks that we will make it through with God. Just breathe.
Yesterday was our 3 year anniversary so Katrina and I went out to dinner. Where we are right now in our lives is a rather confusing place. It has been this way since we have come home from Redding. Decisions these days feel as though they hold a lot of weight– like we could mess up our whole lives with the decisions we are making now! We were eating and having a bit of a heavy conversation for an anniversary dinner but we needed to get some things out. Katrina looked up on the wall behind me and saw a Bible verse:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all of your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Needless to say we were both pretty surprised that there was any Scripture on the wall in this place. It was a connection point to our conversation with Mike, and a gentle reminder that God was right there. Later in the car, Katrina read a forwarded email from our friend Amber. It was about discerning whether certain things in our lives are dead ends or delays, which hit our hearts after our conversation. At the end of the email was the very passage we just saw on the wall in the restaurant! Katrina had tears in her eyes and we both laughed as we received God’s loving voice, speaking to us loud and clear about our need to trust Him, and seek His will for our lives.
This is what I want to share with you today. The Father is so involved in your life. He is watching over you. The things that seem like a big deal are all figured out in His hands. I’m reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33
I love that, while it’s not always easy, this life of following Jesus is simple. He says to us today, “just focus on me and I will take care of everything else!”. When we live this life in surrender– in worship, where our main goal is to seek God and follow Him– He takes care of everything else.
What areas do you need to trust Him in?
Are there any things in your life that you feel stuck in? Are you confused and unsure about which direction to go? My encouragement to you today is to trust God and lean not on your own understanding. Don’t worry– everything is going to be okay!