The Proverbs Project: Day 3

Joelle M.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

Proverbs 3:5 ESV

I remember memorizing this verse as a child because my mom said it would come in handy at some point in my life. The only reason I agreed to memorize it was because there was candy on the other side of the bargain. Turns out I got more than I bargained for. In a good way. This verse seemed so cliché to me because, aside from memorizing it, it’s a common verse people refer to as a way of encouragement. But if you pick apart this verse, word by word, you see the weight of what it holds. The word “all” encompasses the meaning of EVERYTHING. Crazy. Trusting someone with ALL of your heart doesn’t leave much space for doubt, fear, anxiety etc. Not even the slightest LEAN on your own thoughts. The fact that this verse starts off with a verb, “trust”, is an action, a command. How cool is it that we’re actually commanded not to worry because He’s got this! Sounds so simple…yet it’s a constant battle. An action requires something to be done on our part. We often are so caught up in trying to maintain or try to even get control over our lives that we forget how good we’ve got it. The following verse goes on to say that He will make our paths straight. He’ll handle it. Our part is to trust, allow ourselves to let go and simply trust. God’s words are so simple yet holds so much power that’s releasing. That’s my prayer each day when I am consistently faced with decisions. Turns out holding onto this is so much sweeter than candy.


Joelle is a Second Grade teacher with a concentration in Urban Education. One of her greatest joys is finding community in the most uncommon places and making it home.

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