In Proverbs 3:5–6, we read this counsel:
“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.”
Every six months, we have General Conference. One of the sessions the week before is a session for the women in the church. This was the first talk and was titled Trust in the Lord and lean not. It was given by Bonnie H. Cordon who is the second councilor in the Primary general presidency. I loved her entire talk, and couldn't help but ask myself if I am leaning away from the Savior.
She first described what leaning means: "In English the word lean has a connotation of physically listing or moving to one side. When we physically lean toward one side or another, we move off center, we are out of balance, and we tip. When we spiritually lean to our own understanding, we lean away from our Savior. If we lean, we are not centered; we are not balanced; we are not focused on Christ".
The words touched me and taught me. I love that leaning means we are not centered, that we are off balance. That very much describes some of what I am going through.
She then suggested three ways in which we can increase our knowledge and trust of the Savior.
1. First, we can come to know the Lord and trust Him as we “feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do."
2. Second, we can come to know the Lord and trust Him through prayer. What a blessing to be able to pray to our God! “Pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart.”
3. Third, we can come to know the Lord and trust Him as we serve others.
Three simple things, yet they can be so hard to do sometimes. I struggle with finding the time necessary to do everything that I think I "should" be doing. Perhaps, I am just doing too many of the "Good Things" and not enough of the "Best Things". Perhaps, it is time to go back to the basics and try just a little bit harder. Instead of trying to leap, I need to do baby steps. In stead of trying to do everything, I need to just focus on a few best things. I need to work on trusting Him and little bit more and not leaning on myself quite so hard.