A man was walking in the mountains just enjoying the scenery when he stepped too close to the edge of the mountain and started to fall. In desperation he reached out and grabbed a limb of a gnarly old tree hanging onto the side of the cliff. He soon realized if his hands slipped, he would plummet to his death. With everything within him, he cried out, “Help me! Help me!”
But there was no answer. Again and again he cried out, but to no avail.
Finally he yelled, “Is anybody up there?”
A deep voice replied, “Yes, I’m up here.”
“Who is it?”
“It’s the Lord”
“Can you help me?”
“Yes, I can help.”
“Let go of the branch.”
Looking around the man became full of panic. “What? You can’t be serious!”
“Let go of the branch. I will catch you.”
“Uh… Is there anybody else up there?”
Trust! It’s easy to talk about, not so easy to do. In fact, I would love it, if you would write this one for me. Tell me what it means to trust because I am still learning. In May of 2013, I wrote, “Please Don’t Let Me Fall!” I republished it as my “T” in last year’s A to Z Challenge, and this year as I reread it, I realized that I still need help with this. I had an epiphany the year I first wrote about it when I met up with the revelation that God can be trusted because He wants what is good for me. He would never hurt me. Why do I persist in trying to figure things out for myself and trying to fix things on my own?
I recall that after first receiving this revelation, my life got better. I began to spend my days in more conversation with God, talking with Him about whatever was going on. I also came into a life of gratefulness and wrote about it here:“Three Things I’m Grateful For.” I chose three things each day to be thankful for, and thoroughly enjoyed meditating on those things and thanking God for them throughout the day. Peace increased in my life as a result of trust. Because I wasn’t using my time to try to figure things out and to over-think, I had more pleasant productive times with the Lord.
I love Proverbs 3:5,6; it’s been with me most of my life. It’s time to really start living it every day.
It has three magnificent parts to it:
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Let go of the branch. Saying things like, “It’s all going to work out.” “God will take care of it,” and “He will show me the way,” are great ways to show trust.
- Lean not unto your own understanding. Our “reasoner” is faulty at best. I can trust Him for the answers instead of my intellect.
- In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path. Keeping my eyes on Him is the best way to end up where I want to go.
I enthusiastically accept the challenge to get this verse in me in all of its fullness and glory. I like to take each part ten times, ten times* and let it sink in before putting it all together. When we walk in all three parts of Proverbs 3:5,6, we are demonstrating what life in the Spirit of God looks like. Let’s embrace this verse today.
Trust Him, you will not fall!
*What is ten times, ten times?
In case, you are reading the series for the first time, ten times, ten times means every time you think of the verse, say or think it ten times. Do this ten times throughout the day, and you will have said the verse 100 times. By doing this much repetition, you are making a pathway in your brain and the verse will become a part of your life. You will see amazing benefits from this. There is life in the Word and getting it in you will produce life. It takes repetition to get it in you, and you can enhance the effect by singing it, imagining it, praying it and many other creative ways the Holy Spirit will show you. It is well worth the time and effort it takes. If you do not succeed in completing the 100, be assured that whatever effort you put forth will produce fruit. If you cannot keep up the pace of one a day, one a month will also produce fruit. I am continually surprised with how powerful just one verse of scripture can be in enhancing my life. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. John 10:10
Let His life flow through you today as you meditate Proverbs 3:5,6.