“This is the way…”

 

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” -Isaiah 30:21

Have you ever got mad at your GPS because it waited until the last moment to give you the next turn? I like it when Siri tells me, “in two miles, turn right on… in one mile, turn right on… in one quarter mile, turn right on…” I want to know where I’m going and I want to know way before I get there!  I often wish God worked like that…

2018 was a difficult year, but God did some amazing things in my life. He gave me the grace to walk away from a teaching position where I no longer felt fulfilled or able to accomplish His will. He allowed me to spend six months alone with Him out West in the mountains and deserts of His creation, seeking His face, and dealing with my frustration and failures. He gave me grace to start writing again, and some of you have been blessed by that…

But now it’s 2019, a new year; and I find myself back where this journey began, waiting for God to make clear where the Path leads next… Do I go on to the mission field where I hoped to go fifteen years ago? Do I seek out new partners for the Christian camp and outdoor school that has been in my heart longer than that? Do I find some other school where I might teach, or do I pour myself into trying to make this blog into a full-time ministry? I truly do not know, and I need the Lord to make it clear; today preferably…

I find that I have a difficult time “letting go and letting God;” can you relate? When I have a significant goal to work towards, I feel like I can do anything, and nothing can stop me. Become a professional wildlife biologist? Watch me work… Become a missionary to Siberia? I’m your man, Lord… Sit still in Jacksonville, Florida until He opens the next door? Lord, just take me home now, please…

But this I know beyond all doubt… Whenever God has opened a door, the path has been clear, and things have worked well. But every time I start running up a side trail, yelling to God over my shoulder, “Is this the right way Lord?” That has led to much frustration and heartache, even if I was still allowed to be used of Him. I don’t want to do that again…

If you find yourself in a similar place in life here in this new year, may I offer some words that might help you? Stop banging on that closed door; and don’t take off wildly down the hall trying to find the first one that will open… Instead, get alone with the Lord; seek His face, seek His heart… God has a plan for our lives that was conceived “before the foundation of the world,” and there is nothing greater that we could desire or seek after. In the mean-time, while we wait, remember these words of David;

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say, on the LORD” (Psalm 27:13-14).

1 thought on ““This is the way…””

  1. Oh my God! Im feeling this way on a rainy Saturday. Suppose to be at choir practice when I was somewhere else. I’m going to wait on the Lord. Being in ministry, my heart is broken by the way things are going…..but God is with me and I have to Stand therefore Thk u

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