“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding.”
I used this verse to coincide with a song that I shared with English Service for worship last Sunday. The song is called “Take me Away,” and I hold it very dear to my heart. I feel the strongest connection and vulnerability when I listen to it because it’s sort of a song that I can truly say is my cry to God.
The song is about being able to trust in God alone. I think that when the artist was writing it, his purpose for writing such a personal song was to let other people and God, above all else, to be able to hear his soul crying out to Christ through the lyrics. He realized that if not for Jesus, he would be no one. He then asks to be taken away with Jesus. It’s all about letting go of everything and setting aside all earthly ideas, desires, treasures, people, etc. so he could put his entire trust and being into Jesus. It’s a beautiful yet painstaking truth.
Within the past year, I’ve started college. As a college student, I began trying to discover who I am, who I want to be, who I will be. And I also started doing everything I could, my way, to ensure that I would be paving the right path for myself. “A bright future” is what my eyes were fixed on and I had forgotten that the future that I believed was for me, may not even be what God has planned for me. As great as I was doing in school and health, I have to admit that for the past year, I’ve felt nothing but stranded. If I was doing all the right things, all ‘good’ things, then why did I feel like nothing was right? Why could I not write music anymore? Or why haven’t I sang a song on that stage that I once used to sing on all the time? Why has sadness taken over me more than ever?
It wasn’t until I discovered this song one night that it hit me: Nothing made sense in my life for the past year because it was ME who was running my life.
I was doing everything my way although they were good things. I don’t think it matters how good a person is. No matter how bright and motivated a person is to do great things; without God, life will never be AS great as it could ultimately be.
Literally 15 seconds into the song, I felt a connection. I gave up an entire night just to focus on this song, to reflect and pray. I listened to this song for a week straight, morning and night, cooped up in my room. I felt like I had betrayed God for such a long time. But He is a forgiving God. He loves me no matter how long I neglect Him. He spoke to me after a long night of crying and praying. His arms were wide open for me, just as they were before I forgot about Him.
I realized then that I owe everything to Christ. He gave his son for me. He loves me unconditionally. He is the one who will steer my life in the right direction. I needed to let God lead.
This takes me back to Proverbs 3:5. It says to TRUST in THE LORD with all my heart and to lean NOT on my own understanding. — I leaned onto my own understanding for the past year and neglected God’s power. This verse is one that EVERYONE knows well and has heard since childhood. But I never understood it’s significance until now.
Surely enough, the next verse, Proverbs 3:6, goes onto say, “In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.”
I have been so blinded by this world and it’s expectations. All I needed was God and my family. God will lead my life the way He sees fit for me. He will make my paths straight and all I have to do is trust in Him, wholeheartedly. I think this is a pretty great promise if you ask me. Ask God to take you away. Put your entire trust in Him. Live life according to His ways and you will be fine. This life is not permanent and it’s only now that we can show God how much we want to be with Him. Heaven is where true happiness is found.
♥ My God is such a loving and promising God.
“Take Me Away” by Worth Dying For. DO IT.