January 22, 2023

Reflection and Response

Proverbs 3:1-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. . . .

—  Proverbs 3:5

For years my husband and I have planned what we call a “$15 million day”—although it might need to be adjusted for inflation. At the beginning of the day, we bank $15 million in an imaginary account, and we set off on a day of reflection. We look back on the past several months, and we look forward. For some people, the beginning of a new year is something like that. We ask questions about what we might have done differently, and what we would like to do—especially if we actually had loads of money. We dream big and imagine far.

Then we also ask, If money is the only thing stopping us from our dreams, why is that? Is there something we need to adjust in our reflections? Are we trusting God with our plans? Have we even invited God into our planning? Have we made room to ask what we are trusting God for and whether our dreams connect with the full life he promises us?

When we ask these kinds of questions, we realize that what God wants to share with us is enough. This means that even when things don’t make sense to us, we can rely on God’s promises. It also means we are not in this alone. God is always with us, and God is enough.

God, please help us to trust in you. Help us to stop trying to figure life out on our own and to ask you for help. Thank you for guiding our steps along the path to full life. Thank you for walking with us today. Amen.

About the author — Beth Fellinger

Pastor Beth Fellinger is a wife, mother, and grandmother who has more than 40 years of experience in pastoral ministry. She and her husband, Barry, have created a missional community in their neighborhood called the Ugly Couch Cafe. From serving coffee at a blue picnic table on their front lawn, to praying with neighbors, to hosting faith gatherings on a weekly basis, the Ugly Couch Cafe has grown—and nothing gives Beth greater joy than introducing people to Jesus.

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