Thursday, October 7, 2010

Trusting in the Lord

I have been praying for an answer these past several weeks. It is something that I view as very important because it will determine my future. I listened to conference and I felt that what I need to do right now is trust in God. As I was sitting here thinking about it, I started to wonder if I really knew what it meant to trust. I looked it up online and these were some of the definitions I found:

Trust: have confidence or faith in; allow without fear; reliance; certainty based on past experience; believe, hope, expect, and wish; complete confidence in a person or plan.

If we are told to trust in Heavenly Father, then according to the definitions I found, we need to allow him to direct our lives without fear of the future. If we stop and realize that He is God, He is all-knowing, He is our father and he loves us, then wouldn't it be quite obvious that he has a plan for us. A plan that perhaps we never could have dreamed of ourselves. He loves us and He wants us to be happy, so of course his plan for us is going to be great! So why is it hard for us to trust in God?

I am the type of person that always has to have a plan. If I don't have a plan then I worry and I start to get frustrated. I need to know what my future looks like and where I am headed. I do not like to be lead blindly. I am the type of person that wants to see the light at the end of the tunnel before I will let myself go in. I need to know that the road I have chosen to go on has a bright and happy ending. Well, what happens when we don't see that light? What happens when we don't know the ending? It can be scary. I think this is how it is when it comes to trusting God.

I have two choices in front of me. I cannot see the end of either road, so how do I know which one to go down. I think this is where the Spirit is vital. Heavenly Father is there for us and he wants to guide us. He isn't going to lead us down a wrong road. We need to ask him and rely on the Holy Ghost to guide and direct us to the right path. Jacob said, "Oh how great the plan of our God." When we look back at the definitions of trust, we see that it says certainty based on past experience, allow without fear, and complete confidence in a plan. I spent the whole day yesterday thinking about this. I think we cannot have trust without faith. If we do not have faith that God will work things out for our good, then how can we trust him?

I opened up the the hymn called "Be Still, My Soul" and it was like a light went on when I read the lyrics. They say:

Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;

Leave to thy God to order and provide;

In every change He faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend

Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake

To guide the future as He has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know

His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on

When we shall be forever with the Lord,

When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,

Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,

All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

At the end of the hymn were the scriptures Psalm 37:3-9 and
D&C 101:14-16, 35-38.

Psalms 37: 3-5 says:

"Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."

D&C 101: 16 says:

"Therefore, let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion; for all flesh is in mine hands; be still and know that I am God."

D&C 101: 38 says:

"And seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life."

I loved all of those scriptures. They tell us we need to trust in God. "Be still and know that I am God." We need to have faith in him and we also need to be patient. The Lord has a plan and everything is going to work out if we are faithful to him. He answers our prayers in "His time."

I think what I need to remember is that in the past everything has worked out for my good. Heavenly Father is with me always. I need to let go of all fear and replace it with faith. Faith is what keeps us going from day to day. When we have faith we are able to put 100% trust in God and move forward. We can wake up everyday and say, "Heavenly Father, I don't know what your plan is for me today, but I am trusting you to lead me. I am willing to do what thou would have me do. Please open my eyes and help me to see more clearly what thou has in mind... today Lord, I am yours."