“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5
This is a really famous Bible verse about life — a very often quoted and very well loved verse. It took me a long time to fully appreciate the value of having a straight path to walk and how trusting in God even when things don’t make sense, is the key. When your path isn’t straight, when you can only see to the next bend, are world is so small. All we manage to care about are the daily trials and troubles. We can’t see the big picture, or strive toward anything meaningful. All we can see is the short road ahead of us before it bends around the corner and out of view. And with the uncertainty of what’s ahead comes fear. That’s when trusting God and not leaning on your own understanding becomes so important. To release control, especially when it’s difficult and things don’t make sense, that’s when God straightens out our paths so shows us the bigger picture of what’s really important.
Being on a straight path has tremendous value. Firstly, you can look behind you to see all the places you’ve come from, learning from your mistakes so that you’re not doomed to repeat them. And second, the road ahead is fully in view, showing us bigger picture of what’s to come and what things are truly important in life. Being on a straight path reduces a person’s cares for the trivial trials and troubles of day to day living and into the peaceful confidence of knowing the bigger picture.