I Got This!
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."
A woman recounts her experience with a spider. The problem the spider posed turned out to be much greater than what she had expected.
"I was in my room when I screamed for daddy," the woman said. "I was a child and I didn't know any better. It was a spider, and I thought all spiders deserved to die. I screamed for daddy to come kill it, but when he saw it he said he was going to put it in a jar and take it outside. Was he crazy, I thought to myself. It was a spider and it should be killed right away. When he left the room to go find a jar, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I got this, I said to myself. I took off my shoe, climbed on my bed, and BAMMM!"
She laughs at the memory, remembering how foolish she had acted. If only she knew what her father knew.
"AWWW! I screamed at the top of my lungs. My father came running into my room with the jar he had found. AWWW! I kept screaming. The jar daddy had brought was now useless to the spider problem. I was screaming so hard, daddy had to push me out the room as he took care of the spider problem, which took an unfortunate turn of events."
She admits for a long time after that encounter, she was fearful of spiders.
"Daddy explained to me later what had happened. It turned out that the spider was carrying an egg sack. By killing the spider, the egg sack would be, well, was broken. As a result of my actions, I killed the mother spider, but at the same time I also released hundreds of baby spiders into my room. Daddy explained that that was the reason he wanted to take the spider outside. If I had been patient, and trusting of my fathers wise decision, the problem would have been taken care of. Rather I acted based on my ignorance and well you know what happened."
The word of the Lord says in Proverbs 3:5-7: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise to thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
In many ways we have experiences as the one above. Our understanding is finite, but God's is infinite. He knows all, can see all, and can do all. He is able to see outside of the box, whereas, we are only able to see in the present time. The future is clear to God. That is why He says to us to trust Him in all things. What we cannot see, or understand, God does.
By acting on our own knowledge, we, like the girl with the spiders, cause more problems for ourselves. But by listening to the one who knows and understands all things and leaning not to our own understanding, God says in the verse above that He will direct our path! Trust Him today to direct your path.