If you asked me “What is the greatest lesson I am learning in this season”, I would answer with one word only.
It is quite simple to be trusted by people, you show up, be loyal, say what you mean and mean what you say. Integrity, Honesty, Authenticity; these are all traits that build trust in others.
Trusting something that you cannot see, touch or feel though, that is next level.
Wisdom says this though;
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take.”
My immediate answer is how? what? who? and then I will slip another how? in there for good measure.
If you scaled me on the control freak scale, I could easily swing to the “I want to concrete plans down and drive slowly towards them” side. Lately however I have been seeking to walk more lightly and simply and my greatest lesson has been one of trust.
Wisdom is saying that sometimes we just don’t understand but we need to trust and seek.
How do you go in the trust stakes?
Do you always seek understanding rather than depending on another?
Are you so interested in control and safety that you don’t step out into the new, the scary or the sublime?
We often can be the greatest gate keepers to the realisation of our own futures. We stay captive in our own safe little worlds, like an elephant tied to a rope, that is fastened to nothing more than a wooden stake, because we have never known true freedom.
The greatest walk of freedom I have found personally, is the walk of trust into new and broader horizons.
I shake, I wobble but I step into places that only trust can lead me.
Are you questioning your purpose?
Are you stuck and needing to find release?
Do you struggle to even imagine what freedom could look like?
Then trusting something beyond yourself is the answer my friend.
It does not make sense, just as this scripture so aptly describes, but there is something so right in your soul when you contemplate it.
I am learning to stop thinking and to start leaping.
I am finding the more I loosen control, the more safe I am beginning to feel.
I am wanting to live a life that leaves a legacy for those following me and the best legacy I can leave is one of freedom and hope.
Proverbs over the last month have become our wisdom manual for living and I hope you have enjoyed the journey as much as I have personally writing them. However if a woman of wisdom only has knowlege and understanding but no trust, we will not live out the lessons that will lead us to new and brilliant places.
The very beginning of the book of Proverbs says this…
These are the wise sayings of Solomon, David’s son, Israel’s king—
Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it’s going;
A manual for living, for learning what’s right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There’s something here also for seasoned men and women, still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—
Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.
Wisdom sneaks up and surprises us in all shapes and forms.
It is awaiting discovery,
It is calling us on its adventure,
It beckons us to live for more than ourselves.
Unless we trust in something beyond ourselves though, we can have all the insight and knowlege in the world but we will not find the missing key.
The part of us that was designed to take part in a divine, mesmerising story.
A story of hope.
A story of forgiveness.
A story about others.
A story of redemption.
A story so large that it encompasses us all.
A story that releases us into the reason why we are walking this planet.
A story, designed specifically for you to take part in.
We were created with purpose.
Wisdom plus trust plus hope thrusts us smack bang into the place where we were designed to thrive.
It is not an easy walk,
It is not a comfortable one,
but it is a life worth living.
One graced and etched in legacy.
Thanks for being a part of this journey, it has deeply moved me. How about you?