Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.As I meditated on this familiar verse, I came to understand it in a very different way than I have in the past.Proverbs 3: 5-6
The phrase "with all your heart" kept echoing in my head. I have always read that as a statement of the intensity with which I trust God. But this time it took on a new meaning. Trust God with my heart itself, in addition to trusting him with my life and everything else.
My heart feels very sore, very bruised these days. It has been banged up recently by some conflict in a few close relationships. Some days I just want to hide my heart in a bubble to protect it. But these friendships are too important to me to pull out of them. The deeper the connection, the more potential for pain, but there is also a greater potential for joy.
This week I have been comforted to know that I can trust God with my hurting heart. He can heal wounds. He can restore relationships. He can give wisdom. He can bring peace.