This past week was our first "free week" away from our school books. There was of course much free time to relax and do whatever we want, so welcomed by the children after their diligence with a regular schedule and book work.
I, too, was thankful that this time had finally arrived, but since by definition of my roles as mother, homemaker and homeschooling teacher I am ever planning, my mind was beleaguered with questions of the future regarding, education, events, projects, relationships, and more. I won't bother to list them all here, though.
After thinking on all that I did not have answers for, I was prompted by the presence of God by the Holy Spirit to simply trust Him. I know some people read that or hear people say that and think it's just a throw-up-your-hands, do-nothing, wait-on-other-people-to-take-care-of-you kind of belief system. I acknowledge that is how some people live that out, but it's not my way. I get the privilege of living out the details of my roles, but the care, direction, future for living that out is given by God. He has a history of providing, whether it be material, financial, relational, educational. I get to extend my belief and say, "I trust you with what is next."
A couple of days later I came across this entry in my Morning & Evening devotional and it spoke to the same theme.
"He that handleth a matter shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he." Proverbs 16:20
"Wisdom is man's true strength; and, under its guidance, he best accomplishes the ends of his being. Wisely handling the matter of life gives to man the richest enjoyment, and presents the noblest occupation for his powers; hence by it he finds good in the fullest sense. Without wisdom, man is as the wild ass's colt, running hither and thither, wasting strength which might be profitably employed. Wisdom is the compass by which man is to steer across the trackless waste of life; without it he is a derelict vessel, the sport of winds and waves.
A man must be prudent in such a world as this, or he will find no good, but be betrayed into unnumbered ills. The pilgrim will sorely wound his feet among the briers of the wood of life if he do not pick his steps with the utmost caution. He who is in a wilderness infested with robber bands must handle matters wisely if he would journey safely. If, trained by the Great Teacher, we follow where he leads, we shall find good, even while in this dark abode; there are celestial fruits to be gathered this side of Eden's bowers, and songs of paradise to be sung amid the groves of earth.
But where shall this wisdom be found? Many have dreamed of it, but have not possessed it. Where shall we learn it? Let us listen to the voice of the Lord, for he hath declared the secret; he hath revealed to the sons of men wherein true wisdom lieth, and we have it in the text, "Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he."
The true way to handle a matter wisely is to trust in the Lord. This is the sure clue to the most intricate labyrinths of life, follow it and find eternal bliss. He who trusts in the Lord has a diploma for wisdom granted by inspiration: happy is he now, and happier shall he be above. Lord, in this sweet eventide walk with me in the garden, and teach me the wisdom of faith." -from Morning & Evening by C.H. Spurgeon: Evening, May 5th