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I Lean Not On My Own Understanding

“I lean not on my own understanding, my life is in the hands of the maker of Heaven. I give it all to you God, trusting that You’ll make something beautiful out of me.”

I love this song. If you have not heard this song, I highly recommend for you to youtube it. Nothing I Hold On To – Will Reagan and United Pursuit. I find myself singing this song constantly, not grasping the meaning of the words that I am singing. Actually I find myself doing this a lot…even right now. I could be walking, driving, doing homework, waiting for a friend, and then start singing the first song that pops into my head. When I find myself singing worship songs, I try to find bible verses that these songs are birthed from or relate to.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “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

We are told to not lean on our understanding but to trust the Lord with all our heart.

HOW? Sometimes it’s hard for me to trust in the Lord when I have NO IDEA what He is doing. I came across this quote from C.S. Lewis that dropkicked me in the face.

“To trust Him means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way.” C.S. Lewis.

Life happens. Sometimes not the way we would choose, but it still happens. Matt Chandler said it best “If you live long enough, you’ll bleed. You’ll experience loss. Your strength will someday fail you.” As you probably already learned from personal experience, we are not going to understand a lot of things. As strange as this sounds, I am learning to find joy in this fact. Everything is not intended to be understood. One of the greatest things I’ve learned throughout my 23 years of living is that things turn out the way they are supposed to. Why should I worry? What can worrying really accomplish? I used to worry about EVERYTHING. Then I was reminded through my community group that we are commanded not to worry. (Philippians 4:6). I am extremely thankful for that community group. Now every time I have the urge to worry about anything, I have to remind myself of Philippians 4:6. (look it up!)

And then I was reminded of this.

Isaiah 55:8-9

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The verse above really speaks to me. God sees the entire picture, while we can only see a very very small piece of it. God is sovereign meaning that he has complete rule and authority over all things. Knowing that my life is in the hands of a sovereign God, why do I need to understand every single thing? I don’t and I won’t, and I am completely okay with that.

Lets all start focusing on the now. Live in the presentWe are not promised tomorrow

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