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Newsflash:  You can’t hold everything.  Your arms aren’t big enough.

But in a way, we do try to hold everything as we go through our daily lives.  We try to hold the whole world as we know it together through our own efforts.  So often, we find our arms growing weary, and it all falls down around us.

There’s a passage from the Old Testament that has been rolling around in my brain today.

Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, and lean not upon thine own understanding: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ASV)

Hmm.  I thought God wanted us to use our own understanding.  To use our best judgment and not always expect Him to step in every time we’re in a tiny bind.

In other translations of the Bible, I’ve heard the term “understanding” translated as “intelligence” or “prudence.”  But the version that brings it home for me is the Good News Translation:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Never rely on what you think you know.  Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (GNT)

This makes sense to me.  “Never rely on what you think you know.”

That must be how we do it.  Keep the faith, do your best, and leave the rest up to God.  Hold everything?  Consider it done.  No matter how hard we think we’re trying, He’s doing all the heavy lifting, anyway.

Have a Mary Little Christmas

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