Advent 2016 Devotional: December 22

Trusting in God

screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-6-54-42-pm“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

It was the last night of Youth Camp. We had just said goodbye to our awesome Youth Minister, Kevin, and were emotionally and physically exhausted from the day’s activities. We had a dance party and I being the introvert I am, didn’t particularly enjoy the party… too loud… too many people. I went outside the main room, and laid down on a bench. Without realizing, I drifted off to sleep. When I woke up, it was dark. It was quiet, too quiet. No chitter-chatter of partying teenagers. Just silence. I ran outside and the cold Colorado air greeted me. I shivered, shuddering in my light jacket; apparently my Captain America costume had woefully unprepared me for cold weather. It was dark, the sun was down and all the nearby shops had closed.

I began to panic, fear rising up, then I stopped. I prayed. I needed reassurance. I focused and thought “I need guidance; show me a way.” Seconds later a couple turned the corner, and I ran up to them. They drove me to the hotel and were a godsend when I needed it most. The scripture says, “In all your ways submit to Him and He will make paths straight.” I believe what happened happened because I trusted in God and believed that God would lead me back to the group.

I knew that giving in and asking for guidance was a way for Him to give me the guidance I needed. In the end, trusting in God will reveal the right path for you to take. He will guide you like a shepherd, keeping you safe and watching over you. If you submit all to God, forfeit your own understandings, then He shall provide you the right path.

Dear God, when all is dark and we feel weak and helpless, remind us of your love and your power. In the days leading us through Advent, help us to trust in your strength and believe in your care for each of us. In your Heavenly name we pray, Amen.  

Ty Gribble is a 7th grader at Lanier Middle School where he is on the Debate Team and in the Theatre Department. He has been in South Main choirs, handbells, and South Main Summer Musicals. He has been at South Main all his life and loves this church.

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