The other day one of my students made me a paper fortune-teller. I remember in middle school when my friends and I would make these; it was so much fun to think of the possibilities of what life could be! For some reason, knowing what the little fortune-teller held for your future was exciting. All you could hope for was to choose the right color and number to lead you to the best fortune possible.
Looking to paper fortune tellers, as little girls, to tell us what our life would become is just like living life in this world. When a little girl grows up and out of her innocent mind, she is faced with the fortunes the world offers. The world asks us to take chances. It’s rooting us on, “Come on! Just do it! You could end up on top!” If we don’t like how the story is unfolding, after making certain decisions, that’s fine, we just have to choose another happy ending. We are offered so many happy endings, but where do we really end up when we chase after these? Can we really trust ourselves to make the right decisions? Do we ever end up with the fortune we want?
Under the flaps of this paper fortune-teller are eight different fortunes written. The only person who knows all of the eight fortunes is the person who wrote them down. Who would have thought this silly origami kids create could relate to our lives as followers of Christ?! God, our heavenly Father, knows it all! He knows exactly what your future holds, and He offers you a worry-free life, which comes with ONE choice. Not a million or even eight, just one. The choice is to say yes to Him or to not.
In His Word, the psalmist writes,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”
He gives you the choice to trust in Him. Sure it’s easy to lean on what we think is best. It’s easy for us to get caught up in ourselves and want what the world puts out. But just as the world asks us to take risks, there is One who took the ultimate risk. Jesus Christ gave His life for us and risked it all in obedience to His Father, who showered His love over us. “He came into His own world, and His own people would not accept Him” (The Mark of a Man | Elisabeth Elliot).
Make the choice to trust in the God who has it all already figured out. He sees what you can’t and He knows what you don’t. We all want to know what’s next, but instead of taking risks to end up with what we think will be the best life for us, let’s choose to rest safely in the arms of the Savior.
Remember, trust only.
“O Lord of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in You!”