'Relying on God'

Wednesday Reflection

2nd September 2020

'do not lean on your own understanding'

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
 and do not lean on your own understanding."
   ..... Proverbs 3:5

I came across a story written by a Mrs Charles Cowman
about a monk who planted an olive sapling
because he needed the oil.
The monk prayed to God,
'Please send showers that the tender roots
of the plant may drink and swell.'
And God sent the rain.
The monk went on to ask the Lord to send the sun,
and the sun shone and the sapling thrived and grew.
Then he asked God for frost to strengthen the plant,
and that night a sparkling frost
descended on the plant;
....... the next day the plant was dead.

Then the monk went to see a brother monk
and told him about the death of his olive sapling.
The brother monk told him,
'I too planted an olive sapling,
and see it thrives well.
But I entrust my tree to God.
He made it and knows better than I
what it needs.
I don't try to direct what is needed,
I just pray,
'Lord send what it needs, you know all.'

The brother monk placed his trust in God
to take care of his olive sapling,
he did not rely on his own understanding.

Corrie Ten Boom states:
'Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.'

I was listening to UCB2 on the car radio
and heard a testimony from a man who was called
by God to a job that far surpassed his abilities.
It was so challenging that to even to try
to accomplish it was almost senseless.
Yet he felt he had been called by God
to do this difficult work.
Did he go the way of that first monk
and dictate to God the exact steps
needed for the job?
No! He, like the brother monk,
stepped up his faith and trusted God
to provide what was needed,
and succeeded beyond his wildest expectations.

Elizabeth Cheney wrote this lovely poem;

'Said the robin to the sparrow, I should really like to know,
Why these anxious humans beings rush about and worry so.'
Said the sparrow to the robin, 'Friend, I think that it must be,
That they have no heavenly Father, such as cares for you and me.'

As Christians,
there are times when we have to dig deeper
in order to grow in our spiritual life.
Whatever given circumstances we are in,
if we put our trust in God,
he will, at just the right time,
provide the perfect outcome.
He says:

'I am the Lord,
 the God of all the peoples of the world.
 Is anything to hard for me?'
   ..... Jeremiah 32:27

Like the robin and the sparrow
our heavenly Father cares for us,
so whatever comes our way today,
let us have confidence
and trust in him in all things.