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.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Do you ever find life to be such a challenge that it often leaves you overwhelmed or discouraged?

I know that for much of my childhood and early twenties, I would feel this way quite often. School was at times extra challenging and the homework would leave me flustered and confused. Classmates were sometimes cruel and would tease me as only immature teenagers can do. Even my friends and family would sometimes get under my skin.

Outside of relationships, if my sports teams would lose or if things didn’t go my way, I’d get frustrated, upset, or even angry. Like most people, I had a vision for how I wanted my life to go and if any roadblock was thrown in my way, I wouldn’t be happy about it.

It wasn’t until about my late twenties and early thirties that I began to put things in perspective and refused to let little things bother me. It’s by no coincidence that that was about the time my faith began to grow stronger. I grew to understand the significance and power of God and realize that what we plan in life matters little to God if it’s not in his will.

What this particular Bible verse teaches us is that in all those little roadblocks that confront us in our journey through life, we need to trust in God that He will show us the way to get over, around or through them. We will not always get our way in life. In fact, the majority of us will get a minority of what we seek … at least not when we plan to get it.

But if we trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding but in his word and his will, we’ll see the right path we need to take and be all the happier for it.