Please take the time to read Proverbs 3:1-8
Last Sunday dawned on a dreary note. The sky was dark and heavy, COVID 19 was rearing its ugly head once more, Hurricane Ida was ravaging the city of New Orleans, the airlift in Afghanistan was nearing its deadline, and on and on the bad news pummeling my day. My footsteps were heavy and my usual cheerful nature had disappeared as I approached the church doors. Inside, the joyful music began to shake me out of my melancholy mood. I needed to hear some good news and I knew I had come to the right place.
Pastor Michelle’s message on the principle of trust reaffirmed my belief that God is always faithful to us and keeps His promises. Proverbs 3:5 states “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean, not on your own understanding.” She stressed that our hearts are more than emotion. It means with our hearts we have mind, strength, and will. Depending on myself brings worry, fear, and helplessness. Leaning on God to give us sound God-given reasoning, strength in prayer, and support from fellow believers reinforces our trust in God’s promise. He will always be faithful and walk beside us through our life’s journey.
As I exited Sheridan’s front doors, the clouds were lifting and a glimmer of sunshine shown through. A few paces from my car I spotted a shiny new penny. As I picked it up, the words “In God We Trust” jumped out at me. Amen! God was speaking to me and refreshing what I had just heard in the sermon. When we are open to God’s grace, we discover his faithfulness everywhere.
Life happens. Somedays I have my own fears, doubts, worries, and insecurities. I’ve had my share of “pity parties” as I’m sure you have too. God knows we’re human. We often want to rely on our own understanding. He assures us that He is there with us whether we need to take baby steps or a big leap of faith. So the next time you see US currency or a US coin, remember that it’s “In God We Trust”.
Good and faithful God,
Thank you for being ever-present in our lives. Strengthen us to be confident in you that we may grow and flourish. Free us from doubts and worry that may do your finest work in us. Provide us with your peace that goes beyond all human understanding as we completely place our trust in you, our good and faithful God. Amen
Written by Janece Nelson
Janece and husband, Mike, have been members of Sheridan for more than twelve years. Janece is a retired mathematics instructor teaching at the middle school and college level. They are blessed with two children and three grandchildren.
Janece finds her greatest joy in spending time with her family and friends. Her passion is writing devotions for patients in hospitals and rehabs she sees every Monday as a Sheridan hospital visitor. As a Teammate she also mentors girls at Boys Town. Janece credits Faith Builders and Companions in Christ for her spiritual growth.