by Savanah Baker
I bet if you went around this school, seven out of 10 students could tell you what Proverbs 3:5-6 is. If they can’t tell you, well, I definitely can.
I grew up in a church-going family, went to Awana (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) on Wednesday nights and transitioned to youth group once I graduated Awana. Mom always told us to “hide God’s Word in our hearts” so we could call on Him when we needed help.
So, memorizing verses was a big deal. And that’s why I can sit here today and tell you Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding
I’m a senior in college and I’m a mess. I’ve outgrown my freshman tendencies of eating ramen and staying up too late, but I’ve developed new “senior” tendencies. I drink three to four cups of coffee a day, stress about becoming an adult and anxiously look at the green slip of paper that I have to submit by Friday to graduate.
Graduate. What a terrifying word. Whether one uses it as a verb or noun, it has the power to strike fear into almost any senior I know.
I have 108 days until I graduate or become a graduate. The last three months of my life have been filled with anxiety, GRE test taking, graduate school applications, laying awake late at night wondering if I even want to go to graduate school and coffee to get me through the next day after those late night wonderings.
In case you can’t tell, I’m an anxious person and a planner. I don’t like letting God make the plans for my life because I know exactly what I want and where I want to go.
“HAHA.” I’m pretty sure that’s what God says every time I try to take control.
So, I am trying to let go by meditating on Proverbs 3:5-6 as I prepare for graduation.
It first calls me to trust in the Lord which is hard enough, but then it tells me not to lean on my own understanding (my plans for my life).
Aka God knows better than me and is waiting for me give it up to Him. But not just part of it, all of it. And He wants that from you, too.
When you feel anxious, meditate on Proverbs 3:5-6 and remember that in all things, God has a plan and is waiting for us to acknowledge Him fully and wholeheartedly.
When we give up leaning on our own understanding, He will lead us and make our paths straight. His guidance is greater than our guessing.
I challenge you now that if you have anything you’ve been contemplating or a big decision you’ve been trying to make, take three days to just pray about.
Forget the pros and cons and give it to God. Forget your own understanding and let Him lead you to straighter, greater paths.