Where will you put your trust?

Psalm 146: 3&4

Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.  When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.  NIV

Wow.

Trust is the opposite of worry.  But, we must put our trust in the right place.

Nothing here has the power to save us.  No matter how much time, or effort, or willpower we put into our earthly plans, they will all come to nothing on the very day that our spirit departs.

Our spirit departs … I love that.

When I was a little girl, my best friend moved away.  I remember standing in our front yard crying and waving goodbye.  She didn’t look back.  She had not been crying … she was excited … she had bounced off to her car with her mother and father and little brother and scrambled into the back seat with excitement.

I asked my mother why she wasn’t upset, and my mom explained that she was off to new adventures … that it was always easier for the one who was leaving because they were going on to new things … while those of us who were left behind felt the loss of the person who was gone.

When my spirit departs this earth, I want to be like my friend.  I want to bounce off into heaven and never look back.

In the short term, I’ll take these verses to heart.  I won’t put my trust in men, but in God.  I won’t worry about the plans that I or others are making … I will enjoy each day here to the best of my ability.  I will work to serve God and serve others, but, I won’t get too hung up on whether my plans go the way I want them to.  On the day that I depart, they will all come to nothing.

That’s a good reminder, and that’s what I’ll think about today.

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