06 Jul Journey of the Unknown
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair…”
II Corinthians 4:8 NIV
So many changes have occurred in my life in the past 2 years. As a result, I can relate so much more to II Corinthians 4:8. To see the hand of God all over my life and that of my family, guiding us through unknown territory and literally paving the specific road we are to follow…how can I still doubt? How can I still question His will over my life? Easy. I am a beautifully flawed human being and am susceptible to depending on only what I can see physically or what I know is concrete.
Everything changed the moment my husband and I decided to step out of our safety net of conformity. We did not understand so much the reason as we did the urgency; the immediate beckoning of the Holy Spirit and His desire to see us through a journey we would never have imagined for our lives. While I understand Paul’s writing to the Corinthians held the theme of persecution as a result of their faith, I felt as if God Himself were pressing me on every side; not to hurt or crush me, but to remind me that a very long time ago, I had set aside my will and picked up His. I gave Him that permission to do with me as He willed, to guide my life as my Everlasting Compass, and to use me as a light for others.
“Here I am. Send me!” What a statement Isaiah made (Isaiah 6:8) to the Almighty God! How many times have we, as Christians, uttered this same declaration? How many times have I?
I look back at almost two years ago, having just moved to an unknown area; having difficulty grasping God’s will over my life. And yet, God reminded me then of my sweet surrender to Him many years ago. He reminded me of His control during the quietest, most separated moments of my life.
Even in these moments, He positions me in a place where I can hear Him fully; where I cannot get distracted by all the marshmallow fluff being spewed in this day and age. I can hear Him. He has spoken.
Habakkuk 3:18 says, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (NIV). To take delight in the midst of chaos and death as a statement of faith is powerful. Habakkuk described his environment as one lacking life and abundance. And yet, he would rejoice in the Lord.
If God is guiding me with His right hand, I need to rejoice. Although I may be perplexed and cannot see His final painting in my life, I have to rejoice. Even when I know nothing around me, I will rejoice. He has my life in the palm of His hands. No matter what is thrown my way, I know that I’m not alone in this journey of the unknown.
Haggai 1:7 says to consider one’s ways. I cannot have the same mindset or attitude if God is taking me to a new place. I cannot look back to what was. Here I am. I will consider my ways and rejoice in Him.