Kolar: Witnesses of His grace inspire us to trust in the Lord

"I am grateful to those ladies, and the cloud of witnesses God has put in my life who have taught me by their actions, as much as their words," writes Janel Kolar.

Rev. Janel F. Kolar is the Pastor at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Dickinson, N.D. (Contributed photo)
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Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

I once attended a women’s neighborhood Bible study with a group of women who were on all different walks in life, spiritually speaking. We had a variety of faith practices, faith backgrounds and faith stories. Each of the women in our group was a gift to me for a different reason. There were two women growing up in faith at the same time I was, and they helped me to feel a little less uncomfortable when everyone seemed so smart and I felt so dumb. One was extremely wise for her age – a true teacher and a woman who loved God with all her heart, mind and soul. One was very down-to-earth and humble. But the one that I marveled at the most was a woman who was the “elder” in our group. She inspired (still inspires) me because in all things, she trusted in the Lord.

Now, for most people, that would mean they trusted in God to help when there were big decisions or times of trial. Not for this dear lady. She truly trusted in the Lord with all of her heart, and believed that when she submitted to God, her path was made straight.

One morning, after Bible study in her home, she was showing us the new wallpaper she had put up. It was fabulous! We all loved it. She confessed that it had not been her first choice, but she had so many choices she couldn’t make up her mind, so she prayed about it, and God led her to this particular pattern, which she admitted, was perfect for the place in her home where it hung.

It might seem silly to ask God for help with such a trivial thing, but for her, trusting in God to help her with the big decisions also taught her to trust God with the small ones. She simply trusted God with everything in her life, and it was evident in the kind of life she lived and the faith she shared in thought, word, and deed.


We all have those people in our lives who inspire us with their faith. I am grateful to those ladies, and the cloud of witnesses God has put in my life who have taught me by their actions, as much as their words.

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