Last week our friend T-Bone Barnes died suddenly of a heart attack. We got the call at midnight and rushed to the hospital to be with his wife Sheila. Just hours before he was at the church prayer meeting, sharing this scripture with a young woman preparing for a missions trip.
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. Prov.3:5-6
This is one of my favorite life passages, having clung to it at times when nothing circumstantially made sense.
- Years of waiting on marriage, no possibilities, such hopelessness
- Miscarriage, surgeries, infertility, no answers
- Stage 4 cancer in our 3rd son, crying out for a miracle
- Working tirelessly for victims of sex-trafficking, opposition, sleepless nights
Life is full of mysteries, yet one Anchor holds when we choose to trust the One who makes crooked paths straight, eventually. It is a choice after all, and having seen God’s faithfulness prove true every time, I will live no other way.
He is wiser, more loving, kinder, more faithful, generous, even lavish, beyond our understanding. And so, we trust in Him.