Not by Sight…

I was driving to church this morning in very dense fog and could only see at most 50 feet in front of my car.  As I was winding through the woods behind the bare trees the sun in a perfect circle was trying to blaze through the thick haze.  I drove slow being the opening day of firearm season…the daughter of a hunter and proud owner of a 5 point buck this very day I know to watch out on November 15…and given the fact I could not see very far in-front-of me it was important to be cautious.  As I reached every single busy intersection I was able to see just far enough to know I was able to go on ahead safely with my precious little boys in my back seat.   I reached my destination just as the sun burned up the fog that kept my view limited so thankful for such an amazing parallel to my life.

In my journey I can only see so far in-front-of me.  I know what my final destination will eventually be but I can only see certain things on the path.  The Son blazes through and I can see Him but sometimes His Light seems dimmed by the fog of my circumstances or my pain or my doubts and my plans that I selfishly carry.   He shows me just enough at each intersection… exactly what I need to see…where I need to go…what I need to do…to keep going along the narrow road.  Each step that I take is by faith, not by sight.  I simply cannot rely on what I can see because my view is so limited.  His Word is a light unto my path…I cling to it for safety…for comfort…for peace.  If I just give Him the weight of what I carry I can move so much more freely.  When I simply trust Him, He burns up so much of the fog and I can clearly see His Light…which is all I need in this dark world.

I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted.  Have you ever felt like that?  Just…lighter.  What I’ve been carrying around for so long is now all of a sudden just gone by simply laying it at the foot of the cross and asking the Lord to take it for me.  HE DID!  I’m telling you…if I can do it…anyone can!  While I could not have done it alone…and I’ve already been tempted to take it back…with His help I know I have given it up.  I can remember just one week ago weeping over the dream I just didn’t want to let go of…but in obedience…I knew I must.  It was time.  This morning the Lord gave me a beautiful analogy for what He has done…what He is continually doing for me.

I don’t need to know what God has for me along this path.  I don’t need to see to believe.  His faithfulness proved over and over…His plans for me…they are so much more than what I can even dream up.  What a blessing it is not to see everything…it makes the surprises in life that much more exciting…that much more sweet and proves just how great our God really is.  That He works all things together for our good.  That we will endure trouble in this world, but we can take heart…He has overcome it.  The battle has already been won.  Why do we so often forget and let the fog cloud our view and stop of from walking into His Light?  God has a plan for each and every one of us that existed before the foundations of this earth!  Let us take joy in the fact that He loves us so much that it’s all been decided…even before the creation of this world.  Let us be ever thankful for His Word…a light unto our path.  Give Him your burdens…walk into His Light…even if you can’t see 50 feet in-front-of you.  He will guide your steps…if you just trust Him! 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.   Jeremiah 29:11-12

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.  Proverbs 3:5-6

 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  John 20:29

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