“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5

 I would like to think that I have control over all the things in my life. The truth of the matter is, I really don’t. It doesn’t matter how much planning I do, sometimes things just take us on a different path on this journey we call life. Sometimes we know where this detour will lead us, and sometimes, we just have to trust that we will get where we are supposed to be, when we are supposed to be there.

These detours if you will, can sometimes be fun and exciting, yet at times very stressful. There is both an excitement and a fear of the unknown. For Lent I tried to give up getting in my own way and listen more. This has been both a challenge and a blessing.

Throughout this season of Lent, the word Trust has been pushing its way into my life. Some seasons and reasons are coming to an end while new ones are appearing. As I find myself wondering what my next chapter in life will bring, sometimes fear and stress can creep into daily life no matter how hard I try to “stay calm and carry on”. I must remember to breath.

The last few weeks, God has shown himself just when I needed Him to the most. Songs and messages on KLove have played at just the right time. As most of you know, I usually run right on time to be late. One day last week, I managed to get out the door ahead of schedule which allowed me to make a quick stop at a McDonald’s drive thru, something I haven’t done in forever. I paid for my meal and the cashier and I exchanged our “have a good day’s”. As I was about to pull away from the window, he said, “God Bless”. In that moment, I felt the presence of God. I wished him the same and drove away feeling like a weight had been lifted. I got to work early that day and as I pulled into the parking spot at work I looked out to where the mountains would have been. It was a snowy, overcast and gray day. I couldn’t see the mountains, but I knew they were there. I started to think about God and my trust in Him. I may not always be able to see Him, but I know He is there.

As we enter into Holy week, we know that the week is filled with a roller coaster of emotions. There is hope, there is despair and there is new life. We know that Jesus was crucified on the cross and placed in a tomb. We know that the stone was rolled away and that Jesus rose from the dead. We know this because we trust and we believe. We may not always physically see Jesus, but we know He is there. May you be filled with the joy, peace and love that Christ gives each of us unconditionally today and everyday.

Dear God, Thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus. Thank you for the many places and the unexpected ways that Your presence is made known. Lord, we may not always know what is in store for us. Please help us to continue to trust and believe as all things are possible through Christ. In your name we pray. Amen.

April Schauer

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