Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
-Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB
A friend of mine has a flock of young chickens. These biddies free-range during the day, but go back into the coop for their grain in the evening. Late one afternoon, I helped open the coop and put out the grain.
Cackling as they came, the flock descended upon the coop. Most ran straight for the coop door, bolted inside, and attacked the food trough. A couple, however, could not find the entrance. Poor babies, they beat themselves against the side of the coop, clucking madly, in their confusion. Finally, we took pity on them, picked them up, and set them in front of the open door. They immediately ran excitedly into the coop with the rest, enjoying their grain.
I thought, How silly these chickens are!
And then I realized, disconcertedly, that at times I am as silly as the chickens!
Sometimes I squawk about my widow status…all the things I have to do without Keith here. The broken car, the broken dishwasher, the broken dryer, the broken microwave…an endless list needs my time and attention. I feel overwhelmed at times, beating my head against the never-ending problems, seeing no solutions…feeling like I have no way to get into the coop of safety, security and calmness.
And yet…there is a solution…a way into the door….right from the scripture.
Trust God – acknowledge Him – don’t lean on myself.
When I take a moment to get quiet with God, distraction-free, I feel His hand lifting me out of the situation and into His greater glory and to His better plan. The peace I seek becomes less elusive. I can feed on it, and my Savior’s love, just as the chicks who finally find the door.
Sisters, are you feeling this kind of stress today? Are you seeking that peace that has become elusive? Are you squawking instead of listening, just as I was? Turn to the One who can lift you out of this confusion and onto His path for you, providing you with the sustaining “grain” of His peace! It will be worth it. I promise.
Father, forgive me for when I lose my perspective – on You, on my troubles, on my life. It is not easy on planet Earth for anyone! I sometimes lose my focus, forgetting to look for You working in my life. Help me to see You clearly, and the path You have set before me. Help me to put my hand in Yours as I continue this journey of widowhood. Help me to feed on You and You alone for my strength and comfort. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.