You're just walking along, looking back on all you have overcome, when boom you run face first into something. You freak out for a minute (or a couple minutes). You get up, dust yourself off and try to figure out what just happened and what you are going to do about it!
I was on a retreat this past weekend, and we did this activity on “trust”. Basically you had a partner and that person put a blindfold on you. Then they proceeded to lead you around from left, to right, up a few stairs, and then from grass to gravel. You couldn’t see a thing, but they could, and they were leading you!
Suddenly, I remembered this POLE I saw before I put on the blindfold, and in my mind I “felt” that pole getting closer! I wanted to tell my partner, "Hey, aren’t we getting close to the pole," but then I thought to myself, "SHE can SEE, Lindsay!" She can see the pole. I had to decide if I was going to trust this person who could SEE what was ahead.
1. The more I get to know someone, the more time I spend with them, the more I tend to trust them! Isn’t that true with Jesus? I find it true for me anyway. The more time I spend with Him even if it is while I am picking up my house, the more I read His Word, the more I dwell in His presence, and the more I feel as though I can TRUST HIM AND HIS leading!
And sometimes we do run into the pole, but if we hang on tight to Jesus, He will help us up. And, we can continue to walk on!
2. I realized the person leading me could SEE the pole; they knew what was up ahead! Doesn’t He (Jesus) know what is up ahead? The Bible says in Isaiah 46:10 that God knows the end from the beginning! He knows what is going to happen in the future, in OUR future! He sees it as we are standing right where we are. He sees our future, and I believe He prepares us for it...the good and the not so good! The Bible says His mercies are new every day!
I am grateful that His mercies are new every day! I am grateful that in the Bible Psalm 138:8 it is said “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your loving-kindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands”
Recently, as I was getting a little worried about a situation and how it was all going to work out in my future, a woman I really respected kindly said to me, "Never go into your future, Lindsay, without Jesus." Isn’t that the truth? The Bible calls Jesus the Prince of Peace, when I get stressed or worried, I tend to lose my peace, I tend to leave Jesus the Prince of Peace behind while I mosey on into my future without Him and then wonder I am stressed!
The future is not for me to worry about, because the One who walks beside me, He sees up ahead and He is recorded saying in more than one place in the Bible, “do not worry!”
I SURE don’t have it figured out, I have to remind myself every 17 seconds that God has got this, Lindsay. God will give you grace for that, Lindsay. Stay in the present, and know that He IS God! Day by day, I believe that we can get better, and I am sure it is our progress that makes Him smile, not our perfection!
Lindsay Morgan is a native of Ohio who moved south 7 years ago where she met Jesus head on at age 31. Ever since then, she has been fascinated by His tangible presence and real love. Her writings usually include the grace, the struggle and the expectant heart of a moment by moment surrender to the God who created the Universe! Find more at www.PuttingthePencilDown.com.