Proverbs 3: 5-6
These verses popped up twice in my day today. The first time was at a mall somewhere in Cape Town as Brooke stopped in a store to buy some birthday plates for Olivia’s big 06 this week. I, not feeling like birthday plate shopping, decided to do a little window shopping instead. In the window of the store she was shopping in there were a bunch of things like champagne glasses with Happy Birthday on them and some other commemorative junk type stuff. The one that caught my eye was a soccer trophy that said Happy 70th Birthday on it. A soccer trophy for a 70 year old. Now, I know soccer (aka football) is incredibly popular here, but come on, is there really some 70 year out there throwing a soccer party? If so, I better get an invite.
But next to the soccer trophy were some smaller plagues and other items that had bible verses on them. One had these very verses listed on them. I read it and it made me think of a worship song that I was introduced to by our team in Colorado during our missions training. It is a song titled “Climb” by Will Reagan and United Pursuit. In the song one of the lyrics is, “I lean not on my own understanding. My life is in the hands of the maker of heaven.” It is an incredible worship song that just captivated me and has stayed in my play list ever since. Every time I hear it I draw on the strength of God’s plan and my lack of understanding at times.
The second time these verses popped up was tonight in our family devotional with the kids as it was about the message in these two verses. Two times in one day tends to get my attention and make me think maybe I need to be paying attention. As I reflected on these I am drawn to the first part of verse 6. “in all your ways submit to him.” I can’t help but wonder if that is a good synopsis of what the entire Bible is teaching us. If we submit everything we are and everything we have to him can we go wrong? But ALL your ways it says. Not just most of your ways. Man, that’s not easy. I have a lot of ways that I know I am holding on to for selfish reasons. I need to let them go. I need to be able to say that the perceived gain I get from those is nothing in comparison to the gain I will get by giving them over to God.
So with a new hour we have a new chance to submit to him in a new way. Maybe how you need to submit is different than how I need to submit, but we are called to do it. And with that I believe we should all attack it as the great Barney Stinson and simply say…..”Challenge accepted”.