“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Prov 3: 5-6)
So what does this mean in practical terms? Can I “simply” trust in the Lord and “not lean on my own understanding,” when faced with daily choices and decisions? How does this work?
It works by “acknowledging Him in all my ways,” that is to say, by acknowledging the paths the Lord is actually “making straight” before me, rather than the ones I might prefer or would like to imagine. Otherwise, if I “lean on my own understanding,” I often find myself behaving like a person in a room with two doors, one wide open and one closed, who keeps staring at the closed one, wishing it would open.
“But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe. A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you. Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe. Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God! Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’” (Jn 20:24-29...