The Archdeacon of the East Riding, the Ven Andy Broom, writes:

Making paths straight

I guess most people have a favourite bible passage or ones that stand out as significant in their lives. For me it is Proverbs 3 : 5 – 6 which says ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.’

I first came across it as a teenager when it was written in a bible that I was given. It was suggested that it was a good guide for living and over the years this has proved to be the case, whether in the everyday moments of life or during much bigger events.

When I was a vicar we had a significant building project with all the challenges this brings. Throughout this it seemed like the whole congregation embraced the verse - clinging on to it at times of great uncertainty and rejoicing in its truth when we finally opened our new building.

I’ve found myself going back to this verse recently as we’ve lived with all the difficulties of the pandemic, wondered what church life is going to look like after it and now find ourselves listening to God we seek to discover how to ‘Live Christ’s Story’ together. In the midst of all this uncertainty, I realise that I need to recognise that I don’t have all the answers and trust God afresh.

God does bring us through uncertain times and he does ‘make our paths straight’. As we wrestle with the call to ‘acknowledge him’ and to not ‘lean on our own understanding’ we are often changed as part of the journey. This, of course, is the life of a disciple, of one who lives Christ’s Story. As we trust God through the present uncertainties, let’s look not only for him to ‘make our paths straight’ but to help us grow closer to him, as he does so.

Andy Broom