Lean In

We have a Young collie dog and he has started leaning on me! If I am sitting down, he comes and sits on my foot, leaning his whole body into me, or if standing he comes and leans right in!  I’m not really sure why he does this, if it is a security thing or not, but it reminds me of the old hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain:
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

When you lean on something/someone you expect that thing/person to be stable, to be firm, to be able to hold you up.

So Who or what then do I rely on, what do I lean into?  Often it is myself and my own resources, I try and figure things out first and then present my solution to God.  I lean on my own wisdom, my own understanding of a situation, and don’t see things from God’s perspective.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and DO NOT LEAN on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

It is no wonder then that my thinking gets confused and muddled, I’m leaning wrong!

I need to lean on Jesus – He knows best, He knows things from God’s perspective , He knows how things work! He is wisdom and light to my confusion and darkness. He is strength to my weakness, He is security to my fears, He is peace to my anxious soul, He is my rock to lean on.

The hymn writer speaks of such joy and peace and security through leaning on the everlasting arms, so by not leaning on Jesus, by trying to do it on my own I am missing out, missing out on that blessedness, that sweetness, that assurance of His presence with me.

So then I must lean in with my full weight to the God above, who is more than able to bear us and the full weight of all our insecurities, troubles and anxieties and muddled thinking!

Lean right, lean on God!

Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms, safe and secure from all alarms, Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms!

 

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