Have you ever sat in a chair and had it collapse? I have and it’s not fun ending up setting on the floor! My experience was with a fold out seat on a two wheel push-pull golf cart. I was nineteen and weighed 170 pounds and I wanted to buy the cart for my future father-in-law. So while in the store, I sat the cart on the floor, folded out the seat and sat down, only to have it drop like an out of control elevator.
Do you know what I learned from that life lesson? To take a look and make a determination if the other chairs I want to sit in will hold me. We have to make hundreds of determinations every day about things we place our trust in every day. Will the truck that is passing me stay in his lane? Will the bridge I’m passing over support my car? Have you seen the glass skywalk at the Grand Canyon? Would you walk out unto it? I don’t think I would. I don’t trust it!
a: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b: one in which confidence is placed
I find myself at a new point of trusting in the Lord.
Over the last year, I have asked the Lord, if it would please Him to let me love again, to allow another woman to come into my life, but only IF that is what He wanted. I have written about guarding my heart and the precaution of going slow, of taking baby steps, and praying “Lord, don’t let me mess up!!”
I went on a date Sunday night. I had a good time with a lovely woman and we seemed to enjoy one another’s companionship. At this point, we are unsure of what the Lord has planned for us, but have submitted ourselves to his will for the future.
With this new development, I recognized my daily responsibility of remaining true to the Lord and at the same time experiencing the thrill and anxiety of learning about someone new in my life. There is an edge of the unknown and an awareness of not putting un-necessary pressure on ourselves.
Also, there is a degree of fear. The last time I dated a woman I wasn’t married to was forty-six years ago. I have concerns about being attractive enough, or fill-in-the-blank enough and that’s a scary thought for me.
BUT – I trust in the Lord to guide me and to protect me and to have selected for me the woman that He wants me to be with. I’ve been told the trick is to avoid the ones He doesn’t want me to have. He will lead you to the right one.
A new relationship will require effort, wisdom, discernment, patience, and submission to God’s will. Do you remember the old hymn “When We Walk With The Lord” by John H. Sammis (page 260 in the 1956 Baptist Hymnal)? The third verse and refrain was written as follows:
But we never can prove the delight of His love until all on the alter we lay; For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows, are for them who will trust and obey.
Refrain: Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey
“until all on the alter we lay…” all my hopes, desires, fears, insecurities, the past, and the future. What is the result of this? Mr. Sammis said, “for the favor He show, for the joy He bestows, are for those who will trust and obey.
Lord, on your alter I lay to do what you will, and Father, I trust you, because I know you love me and you know I want to please you. Thank you for your favor and thank you for your joy. Thank you for this opportunity. May you be glorified through it.