“We don’t know what treasures God has for us in our suffering. If God is doing something, why not lean into that?” – Bobbie Wolgemuth
“When life throws you a curve… lean into it, pick your line, and keep your weight on the outside peg.” – Unknown
“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 your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
What can we lean into in this world? Most things fail us. We certainly can’t trust our leaders because look at what’s gone wrong. Definitely not that friend’s advice because they so often misjudge things. We can’t always trust others’ good-intentioned advice or even their intentions to be good. We can’t even trust the weatherman because he/she never gets it right. Beyond that, we can’t trust circumstances or societies to work out for the better.
The realization that everything and everyone has proved us wrong at some point has caused us to hesitate before we trust. This may help us avoid doing the wrong thing, getting into danger, and even mentally preparing to be disappointed.
However, the consequence is in how we’ve become much more nervous. In attempt to stay safe and stable, we’ve stopped trusting. We put as much control into our own hands as we possibly can.
Then we repeatedly come to the realization we can’t depend on our own knowledge. The older we get, the more we see how little we know.
Which takes us back to why we sought out other people’s support in the first place. We don’t have the control or the knowledge we need.
We keep getting faced with the fact we need a savior, yet with our tendency to distrust, we haven’t fully leaned into Him either. When the unexpected occurs, we back away, we hesitate, we get angry, we seek solace in other places and people. And then those things undoubtedly fail us in some way.
It’s a vicious cycle.
Our Savior tells us we don’t have to fall into that cycle. We can instead lean into Him. Tackle the problem put before us, trusting with our whole selves that the only way to fully resolve it is to lean into His wisdom and courage and love.
This Good Friday, thank our God for coming down from His heavenly place to be here with us in all of our vicious, failing cycles. For dying for us so we can lean into Him at all times and in all places. And at some point, because of His death and resurrection, we too can rise up and leave it all behind.