Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.
                                         -Proverbs 3:5-6


I was thinking of this verse today and thought I’d share my thoughts as I broke it down. 

It starts with “Trust,” a word we hear all the time and yet we still find it very difficult to truly comprehend. What does true trust look like? Well, to trust in the Lord with all our hearts means we must trust Him 100%. Not just on days when we feel close to Him or when our prayers are answered, but more importantly we must trust God when things are going far from how we expected or want them to go. 
Its funny, but I was just talking to a teammate about “trust” the other day. We were saying how a lack of trust can really hold a runner back from reaching their potential. If you don’t trust your training, your coach, or yourself, how can you expect to run well in a race? In running, total trust is needed to reach our goals. Life works in a similar way.

But the trust that we are to place in the Lord has far more depth and importance than trusting our physical fitness. Trusting in the Lord means that we accept the fact that we do NOT know what God knows, and perhaps never will understand certain things, and yet we believe He has everything under control at all times. 
When life gets tough, trusting that everything is as it should be is a very hard thing to do. However, thats where the next line comes in, “lean not on your own understanding.” We are by no means capable of understanding the Almighty, so why is it that we question God? Instead of questioning Him we are not only supposed to just trust Him, but submit to Him. Submitting to God means being at peace with him and in harmony with him and his plans. We must learn to surrender our own will to the will of God. 

This week, as I put in a few more tough track sessions before the Regional track meet I know I must continually reminding myself to place my trust in the Lord. In the past two years, this is the point of the season where I found myself with minor injuries and great frustration rather than trust. As I get ready to head into the Championship season, I know that while there are always things I cannot control, the one thing I do have control over is whether or not I have trust. And of course, trust beyond the track, beyond the world of sports, but trust with all my heart in my God and Savior.
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