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Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them….
When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?
You must follow me.”
–John 21:20-22 (NIV)
I don’t know about you, but I keep trying to figure things out. Why are they doing that? What’s going to happen? I have a lot of questions. But I just want to understand, I tell myself, then try every angle I know to make sense of the irrational, confusing, tragic, or unexpected circumstances that come up.
Thinking this way isn’t wrong, but when it is my focus, anxiety creeps in and poisons my sense of peace and well-being.
What is the antivenom to this poisonous way of thinking? Trust. Being certain that God’s character is good. Believing He is at work and He watches over me and those I care about. Holding loosely to the unknowns instead of demanding an answer to regain my false sense of control. Letting go of my longing to understand.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all you ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
–Proverbs 3:5,6 (NIV)
I realize I want understanding and I want peace, but often they don’t walk hand-in-hand. When I choose to trust God, He leads me on the right and good paths of life. He brings a peace which transcends human understanding, a peace that guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus and results in a wave of well-being. This is how I want to live. A life of surrender and trust in the One who is trustworthy.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
–Philippians 4:6,7 (NIV)
Try it out…
Lord, is there any place I’m experiencing anxiety due to my desire to figure things out so I can hang onto an illusion of control?
What would it look like to exchange this desire for trust?
How can I trust You today in practical ways?
Lord, Thank you for being trustworthy and working all things together for good for those who love You and are called according to Your purposes. I choose today to put my full, complete trust in You.