I am terrible at memorizing verses. I was truly not blessed with memorization skills. On top of that I am even more terrible at remembering names. My husband can remember names of random strangers! As I was reading today, I felt a sense of familiarity in God’s Word. It turns out I had read through Proverbs 3 only a few weeks ago.
I love that the Lord brought me back to this chapter in the Bible. It is a gentle way of Him telling me, “Savanna, you need to read this again.” His work is not yet done and never will be, but he really wants me to grasp the principles laid out by Solomon.
“My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years and your life will be satisfying.”
Recently at Church we heard a man named Davey Blackburn speak about the terrible tragedy of losing his wife to a brutal murder. Left to raise his son without the love of his life, he has truly survived on the word that God has given him throughout his life. You can see and hear from his amazing testimony that God’s word and commands are alive in his heart and even in his greatest tragedy, he is choosing to live his life for God and glorifying Amanda through the pain.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”
It is crazy to truly believe that God knows what is best for our life. We sometimes think we know what would be best – I mean we know what we truly want, right? God is always a better judge of what we want than we are! We should not omit careful thinking or belittle our God-given ability to reason; but we should not trust our own ideas to the exclusion of all others. We must not be wise in our own eyes but be willing to listen and be corrected by God’s Word and wise counselors. Bring your decisions to God in prayer and then follow God’s leading. He will direct your paths by guiding and protecting you.
As I go about my days since hearing Davey’s story on Sunday morning, I cannot help but think where was God when his wife Amanda needed him. But then I know and understand from the scripture that has been presented to me over and over that I cannot trust in my own understanding. God’s plan in her story is way too big for me to understand. But it has impacted me. To the core. And I know it has truly changed many other peoples lives – leading many into a deeper relationship with Jesus.
It can be tough to swallow. The fact that it takes a loss of someones life to bring us into a deeper reality that our life is truly precious. We are truly here for a purpose. A purpose to love others, bring them to know Christ and to live out eternity with our heavenly family when we leave this earth.
Until then, trust in HIS path, HIS understanding and HIS plan for your life. Read more on Davey’s story through his blog,