There are going to be times we have to really press in…
and we have to say, “be still, my soul“…
…so that we can hear God’s heart and His voice above all the rest of the voices and the chatter in the airwaves, all the rest of these “GPS” type, navigational voices that are there in the airwaves.
Have you ever, quite suddenly found yourself in a place of “uncertainty” of where you are?
“God, wait —where are You? Did I get distracted? Did I fall behind? Have I flown off the trail at that last sharp curve, somehow? Wait… where am I?”
I’ll be honest—I’m taking a fresh look at some of the things I’ve been doing in my life, some of the ways I’ve been going about things, and I’m asking,
“Father— is this even what You asked of me, or have You curved to the right a bit, and perhaps I haven’t been paying attention like I should and I’ve flown right off the trail as we hit that sharp curve? You’ve kept going forward, but did I fly right off the trail somehow? What do YOU desire for me, Father? Am I doing things and striving for things that You haven’t even asked of me to do right now, wearing myself down unnecessarily? What is YOUR desire for me to do, as a person that You have uniquely created, specifically for something in Your story…I’m reaching out for Your guidance, Father.”
…So, this is me being completely vulnerable, saying, “this is where I am”…
It’s okay to be honest with God. It’s okay to be at this kind of place of realization.
Times like these cause us to draw nearer to Him, to seek Him, to cry out to Him. ?
Sometimes we have to press in a little harder to make sure we’re really hearing His voice, but there’s never anything to worry or fret over in times like these, because God is so good to always show us the way when we seek Him. He’s so good to get our attention so that we press into His heart for clarity and guidance. He’s so good to reveal and to confirm, and to give us the direction and the knowing and guidance that we need… at just the right times.
He knew that we would face times like these… ?
He knew that we’d face times where it could get a little confusing, a little bit like, “Wait…. what am I even doing? God, am I still taking Your way, or have You taken a bit of a curve, and I’ve somehow flown right off this trail?”
And it’s okay to be in this place, it’s okay to ask Him questions, because He has promised to lead, He has promised to hear my seeking heart. He never said this journey would be a piece of cake. But as His child, He has promised to show me the way I should take, to steady me when I am uncertain about where I’m standing and about where I’m going, and to remind me of what I need reminding of.
“Father, I’ve suddenly found myself second-guessing and rethinking and wondering where I am even headed and what I am supposed to be doing… and I want to be sure that I’m hearing YOU, don’t let me be deceived by these other voices that are swirling around me. Help me to continue taking Your way, whatever that might be.”
He hears my cry of uncertainty, and He turns and reaches towards me with His steady hand, and He gives me a gentle tug that pulls me forward so that I know that I am right by His side once again…and I can hear His voice and His heart as clearly as ever. ?
And He says…?
“The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”—Psalm 32:8
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” —Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
Thank You, Lord. ☀️ You’re so good. Thank You for never leaving me, for always helping me to find the way.