Trusting God to Lead

As I walked carefully through the grocery store parking lot, baby strapped on my back and holding the hands of two little ones, my 2 year old began wiggling and pulling away.

“Stop fighting me, Mom!”

I tried not to giggle at her absurd self-confidence, as I said, “No honey, YOU are fighting ME. Mommy is holding you tight to keep you safe. You need to trust mommy to protect you.”

The whole situation was comical—that she would demand that I let go of her in a busy parking lot. But don’t we often behave toward the Lord in the same way?

How many times have you questioned God’s hand on you? Or thought “God, why are you fighting me on this? Just let go for a minute and I’ll meet you on the other side of this treacherous parking lot.”

It seems pretty silly when you think of it in that context, doesn’t it?

We just read about the Israelites grumbling against God as he lead them through the desert, away from Egypt where they had been enslaved. But they began to question God’s goodness (almost as soon as they left) and failed to be grateful for the miraculous provision of God throughout the journey. The questioned his leading and no matter how many times God showered them with mercy (and manna) and cared for their needs, the people continued to be ungrateful. They refused to recognize his love for them as he led them, protected them, and provided for them for so many years.

I realized that I probably act this way toward God, in one way or another, on a daily basis.

We might wonder why God led the Israelites around the desert for 40 years. Nancy Ganz, in her commentary on Exodus, writes, “God did not take his people along the fastest, easiest, shortest, happiest route, but he took them along the best route, where they would learn to trust God.”

Sometimes we can’t understand God’s plans for us, or can’t see what it is that he is protecting us from. What if we could trust God the way I expect my toddler to trust me? God promises that we can trust him much more than that!

Though this passage is probably familiar, try reading it as though it is brand new…

“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.” (Prov. 3:5-6)

Praying today that I can trust the Lord as a child trusts his parents, remembering that the Lord directs his people, as he proved over and over to the Israelites, and continues to lead me through the power of the Holy Spirit in my life.

I’m also linking up to Lydia’s blog (which I find very encouraging!) for Mindful Mothering Mondays.

 

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