Things don’t always go the way that we think they will! Isn’t life like that though? We make plans and then life throws us a curve ball. We don’t get into the college of our dreams. That guy or girl you thought was “the one” laughs at you when you ask them out. Out of nowhere, you get handed a pink slip and you are left wondering what to do next. We wonder, where is God in all of this?
One thing you can be sure of is that there are few things you can be sure of.
So the question is: how do we have faith when we are facing a crisis, when we are looking up at those hills of life- those mountains we have to face? What do we do when the weight is just too much and we just can’t deal with everything that is going on in our world?
Well, the Bible has a lot to say about God’s guidance. The Hebrew word for guidance (tachbulah) is same word for “rope”. Back then, sailers used ropes to guide and navigate their ships. They used ropes to raise or drop the sails and to tell the ship where to go and how fast to get there.
God’s guidance is the same way. Here’s what I’ve been learning these last few months: God’s guidance is more something he DOES than something he GIVES. I’ve prayed and prayed- “God, show me what you want for my life!”. That prayer has mostly been met with silence. Silence.
But what God does is shape and mold and guide me where to go…and how fast to get there.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the life of Joseph from the Old Testament. He was falsely accused and thrown in prison. And that was AFTER being thrown in a pit and then sold into slavery. For years and years, Joseph waited on God’s plan. But in the midst of that seeming inactivity, God was moving and shaping and molding Joseph so that he was ready to lead when the time came.
These past several months have been really tough as we’ve waited on God. But I can see that God has been working on my heart and preparing me for whatever is next. And for that, I can be thankful.
If life has thrown you a curve or if you are facing uncertain times- you are not alone! Your story shares a lot with many people’s stories we find in the Bible. And in all of those stories, God was moving and shaping and molding. Even when it seemed like he was distant or silent. We can trust that God is good and God is great and he has good things planned for his children.
Stay strong. Stay the course. Trust God.