A cane can be a weapon, a symbol of power, or a statement of wealth and social status. In the 11th century in what is now called France, women would carry slender sticks of applewood as a fashion statement. And Marie Antoinette was known for carrying a shepherd’s crook. But in today’s world, a cane is most often what we usually think of; simply something on which to lean!
Today’s verse tells us we are not to lean on our own understanding but instead trust the Lord. Leaning on our own understanding may seem like the logical thing to do, but it is so woefully limited. In any decision we cannot see what the future holds nor what consequences may result. We do not throw logic out the window. The Lord has given us decision-making skills but they can only cover so much. Trusting God’s control and guidance means we can step forward confidently, knowing that He will direct or even redirect if needed.
The famous song, “Lean On Me,” by Bill Withers has the phrase, “please, swallow your pride.” It takes humility for me to recognize my need of His direction. Trusting in Him rather than in myself can be so uncomfortable as I do not understand where He is taking me. But leaning and relying on Him and His wisdom will take me down paths of righteousness and blessing. Trusting in my own wisdom has me going around in circles or following dead ends. He is trustworthy. And He invites me to throw down that cane and turn to Him!
Lord, I want to lean on You today.