Can I ask a question?
What do you lean into?
When the push comes that nearly knocks you off your feet. When the life you never expected looks back at you in the mirror. When the unimaginable becomes reality. When the day in and day out struggle is more than you can bear.
Where do you lean?
I find myself having to do a heart check every now again to sort through my own answer to that question.
Of course my quick answer is, “I lean into the Lord”, but do I really as much as I long to and know that I should?
Life can be a series of trials with some regrouping time in between. Each hard season has the opportunity to refine me if I lean into the right things.
My flesh wants to lean into my opinion, my own understanding, my ideas, my plans, my pain. Sometimes it wants to lean into people and all of their opinions, ideas, plans, and pain.
If I’m honest, that fleshly response seems easier when in reality all I’m doing is taking the long way around to where the Lord is trying to lead me.
If I value anything more than the Lord then my leaning will be toward the wrong thing.
Who I am & Who’s I am needs to be rooted in the Savior…first & foremost…always & forever.
Where I need to lean brings life. I need to lean into God’s Word. I need to lean into His presence. I need to lean into worship. I need to lean into my identity as his chosen daughter.
Psalm 18:1-2 “I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
From that leaning place is where I’ll be steady enough to face what this world brings. There are moments when my leaning in can look more like a grasping on.
Do you believe that His hand is out to you? Do you trust that He will lift you out of the deep pit? I’m on the other side of this screen telling you- YES- He really truly does. I am living proof that it’s real. You just need to lean His way & lift up your hand.
Even when it seems no one else sees you or understands…He does.
These painful places can strengthen us if we let them. The enemy wants to destroy us. He wants us to lean into the wrong things.
Proverbs 3:5-8 “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 straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”
Do you see what that says? Healing & refreshment!
Friend…this I do know- our God is mighty enough to have the entire world lean into Him. There’s room for you too! How about we both lean together?
Forever Holding onto Hebrews 10:23