Putting My Trust In God

During my sabbatical, I have invited Sherri Lane, who is a Family Therapist in our community and a regular part of HCC, to write this week’s HCC Blog.

I’ve always been a somewhat anxious person.

In my senior year of High School, I was voted “Most Stressed Out,” which wasn’t exactly the legacy I hoped to leave behind as I graduated. So, when Gino asked me to write about my favorite bible verse and how it has impacted my life and my work as a counselor, it was pretty easy for me to choose which verse I wanted to write about.

I was 16 years old, living abroad in Germany as an exchange student. I felt sad, anxious, and alone when I opened my bible up to Proverbs 3:5-6, which says:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” 

At that moment, I no longer felt alone and experienced true peace and comfort, which I believe only comes from knowing God.

As someone who tends to be anxious, I have learned that the tighter I hold on and try to control, the more miserable I am. So I hold this verse close as a reminder that I cannot control what others do or what happens in the world; I can only trust in the Lord and acknowledge Him; in doing so, things will work out the way they are supposed to work out. Worrying about things does not change them, but trusting in God does bring me peace and comfort as I go through them.

In my work as a counselor, I try to help my clients embrace this idea. The more we worry about what might happen, the more we are robbed of the joy right in front of us. Being present in our lives and with the people we love is possible when we trust in the Lord and accept that we cannot control our surroundings or what others do. It doesn’t mean difficult things won’t still happen; it means we are not alone as we go through them.

Thank you Sherri!