Christian Comment with Laura Huxford, Christian Science Reading Room.
AS A Christian, I pray daily to follow Jesus's example and to trust God in all things by asking that His 'will be done on earth as it is in heaven.' Or at least I thought I did. There were 10 days to go before a major conference and the planning team was still undecided about issues that should have been settled weeks before - speakers, even topics. We hadn't started discussing the logistics of how we were going to manage 600 people in the allotted space over three days. I was inwardly seething at our apparent ineptitude - panicking and miserable. Then out of nowhere words came.
'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.' I had read these words from Proverbs many times. I thought I believed them. So what was I worrying about? Now was the opportunity to really put my trust in God. I thought about what 'acknowledging him' actually meant. 'Really knowing' that God is all - all powerful, always present, omniscient. 'Really knowing' what that entails - willingness to give up my sense of how things should be done and letting God's will reign. 'Let go and let God.' That takes courage. But God is also love. And we are all made in the image and likeness of God, so love, harmony, unity must be evident in all of us. Within the next hour, a logistics meeting was organised; within the day, most of the other outstanding issues were resolved. The conference was a resounding success. 'Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.' Almost every time we sing a hymn or a psalm we commit ourselves to trusting God. The courage needed to actually do this is within each of us; it's our heritage as sons and daughters of God.