What IS Sensible, Anyway???

I come from a long line of sensible people.  Church going folks.  I always assumed the two concepts go hand-in-hand.  You know what?  I can’t say I’ve ever found the word sensible in the Bible.  Okay, so I decided I needed to look that up and since cyberspace provides worlds of opportunity I can tell you that one quick click revealed that the word appears just twice in the entire Bible.  Twice!  So, since my “sensible” approach to life is no longer working and since it seems the Lord has crazy and amazing (though not entirely defined yet) plans for me, I’m thinking that with just two uses of the word “sensible” that’s not much of an endorsement for MY PLAN.  Well, as it happens my sensible approach is no longer working anyway . . . so it’s time to totally trust in the Lord. 

 Trust.  I don’t like that word.  When people say “trust me” it usually means “I know you’re not going to like this, but . . . “  You know, it’s not unlike those times someone has tried to get me to taste something I thought looked “funny” and they wouldn’t tell me what it was, but said it “tastes like chicken.”  Well, the only thing I care to consume that tastes like chicken is chicken.  Seriously.  So, back to trusting.  Not a fan of trusting humans.  Experience hasn’t changed my thoughts on that, but trusting in the Lord . . . hmmm.  So, back to my Bible research.  As it happens, my results for “trust” were quite a bit different compared to my research on “sensible.”  That word appears 164 times.  Okay, that’s an improvement of about 98.5 percent! 

 So, I’m going with trust.  I’m listening to the Lord.  Seems I’m not the only one in favor of throwing out sensible in favor of something better.  Here are a few related opinions on a different approach to life. 

 “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of
choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing
to be achieved.”
     —  Jeremy Kitson

 “In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only
by pressing the limits do you ever find them.”
     —  Dr. Joyce Brothers

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by
the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
     —  Mark Twain

But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”

   –Psalm 31:14

4 Responses to What IS Sensible, Anyway???

  1. What a good word in due season! We are not to lean unto our own understanding or sensibilities, right?


  2. Annette Hall says:

    Martha: It’s not always easy to trust, but I find when I do, God’s way exceeds my ideas or expectations. I have also found it easier to have faith for someone else. To tell them in their time of trial that God has got this and He will see them to the end. But when it is my life, my worry, my stress, I find that others are the same way…telling me…God has got this…He already knows what is happening and He already knows how it will end :-)You are in a very exciting time of your life and it will be fun to see what all God has planned for you!!


    • Thanks! I am excited. I will admit that when I pay the bills and when the bank statement comes, I get depressed but it’s brief now and I see the Lord’s hand on my life is so many amazing ways! The protection prayers I referenced in a prior post have been huge for me as yes some are the evessel that He uses to lift my head but others remind me of my “failure” to get a job and my long time without income. I pray those prayers and they get me back on track. I believe that the Lord does have a plan. Just a day or so ago as I was emailing a priest friend the Lord spoke to me so clearly that He was healing me and preparing me. I have also found that the challenges I (and others) face equip us to bring His love to those He places in our path along the way. We are blessed!


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