“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)
I know this verse well, but sometimes, even when I know a verse well, I don’t know a verse. We read this during the course of a sermon the other day and it struck me very sensibly: if you trust in the Lord and submit your life to Him, “he will make your paths straight.” Your paths will not always be straight, even though you are trusting and submitting. Such are the consequences of free will and a corrupted world. But if you are trusting and submitting, He will straighten them.
Whew. Because no matter how I try, those paths never stay straight on their own. And really, I suppose that’s kind of the point.