The final post: Trust in God and the working of Holy Spirit.
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 straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
So, trust. Cool. And what exactly does that mean or even look like? And why? Let's break down the verse above in to 21st century terms. (Millennial speak?!)
Trust (n): firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
"Trust the Lord with all your heart" that's pretty straight forward. Believing in God's truth, reliability, ability, and strength with all your self.
Understanding (n) archaic: having insight or good judgment.
"and do not lean on your own understanding..." meaning don't trust your own conclusions, opinions, judgments, and values of the world around. Instead look to God for truth about life. This is where the Holy Spirit comes in. Without that dude we've got the Bible and prayer for answers, but the Holy Spirit is the muscle of God, the do-er, the publicist, the personal assistant. Which means that the HS is there to guide you in your search for answers. Just ask and you'll get nudges, hints, and straight truth bombs.
Acknowledge (v): accept or admit the existence or truth of.
"in all your ways acknowledge him..." showing through your life actions, choices, etc. that you admit and accept God and his truths.
"and he will make straight your paths." Straight paths meaning your best life.
Trust that God loves you so much. Borderline obnoxious. He wants GOOD THINGS ONLY for you! The Holy Spirit, God's worker bee, is here to guide us. Therefore when we trust the Holy Spirit's guidance we are also trusting God.
The thing about the HS is that this dude is not pushy. He's super genteel and does not boss you around or make ulitmatums. He's quite, courteous, and can be ignored. Your intuition is frequently the Holy Spirit being like, "Excuse me, chum, but I believe you're about to enter a hazardous situation. Might I suggest a different action." (The HS in this post is semi-British apparently.)
If you ignore the HS enough you stop hearing. If you practice listening you hear more. Practice listening in this instance means STFU and just LISTEN. A mindfulness/meditation practice for this skill is clutch. We're SO BUSY that it's hard to listen. Business is basically the best diversion tactic ever.
We're not actually any busier than people used to be. It's the human condition. Now, we just have more time to jam more things in because of modern conveniences and our attention spans are shorter.
Challenge: carve out 10 minutes every other day to start a mindfulness/meditation walk. Leave your phone. As you walk train your focus on what is present right here right now. Notice leaves, buildings, clouds, shadows, sounds, smells, any stimulus that is RIGHT NOW, but pretty soon your thoughts will go down a rabbit hole. I'm super good at this. Allow me...
"that cloud is huge and fluffy, that cloud reminds me of the clouds where I grew up, I remember how my dad talked about clouds where I grew up, once my Aunt said it's amazing to see such fluffy clouds because there aren't clouds where she lives, my dad and my Aunt have a weird relationship, me and my dad have a weird relationship, he's a good dad, will we ever really understand each other, is it possible to have a conversation where I get to be validated in who I am?" BAM in under 2 seconds I've gone from "fluffy cloud" to "deeply contemplative topic". I'm not alone in this, am I?
BUT IT'S COOL. So then say, "Thanks brains and feelings for being so big and beautiful and taking care of me, but I'm going to just be present for a few more minutes." And that will last for another 10 seconds before you rabbit hole to a trip you took last summer that left you with debt, and then you'll retrain your focus again. It's NOT about existing in a state of perfect present-ness, but the re-training of present-ness over and over and over again. That's the discipline that quiets your mind and allows you to hear from God/HS.
Summary: why do we trust God? Because he desperately wants good things for us i.e. the whole Jesus deal. How do we find out what God wants for our lives? Word, prayer, but a whole lot of the Holy Spirit (God's muscle). How do we hear from the Holy Spirit? Ask and listen. How do we know the Holy Spirit is guiding us to our best life? Because he is an extension of God and we've already decided to trust God so there we go.
And how is this part of spiritual maturity? Because trust in God's love for us is a foundation concept for every Christian. Which does NOT mean it's an easy concept. In ballet I say, "The first thing you learn is the last thing you master." And holy crap it's super true here, too. The first thing we learn is, Jesus Loves You. And then it's a marathon of faith to comprehending that kind of boundless, irrational, obnoxious, unconditional love. I dare say that NO HUMAN fully comprehends this during their life on earth.
We learn to trust God over and over as we learn more and more of his love for us. It's a practice; a journey.
And that's the end of this series!
It ended up being 16 blogs in 19 days because of a Netflix emergency and a friend emergency. I'm pretty happy with those stats because it means I'm also living and loving my life.
If you have any post suggestions I would love to hear about it! Topics, ideas, "how-to", or whatever you think of that you'd love to see me write about just let me know!
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