I feel a bit like a broken record. I know I have talked a few times this year about being in “one of those seasons” — the difficult season that seems so messy and frustrating and long. The one that makes us doubt and worry and question. One issue after another. One struggle after another.
It is hard to believe God has an almighty plan through all of this mess. Things just seem so broken — whether it is our work, our relationships, our health, or all the turmoil around this country and this world. Is there an end to all the madness?
I often wonder just how He is working through these issues and struggles, through these people. If only we had the answers! If only we could see the whole picture and how it all fits together.
We think it would make it easier for us to trust God’s plan, wouldn’t it? If we knew what was going to happen next, if we knew how it was going to end up, wouldn’t it make it easier? If we were given full disclosure of God’s plan in our lives, wouldn’t we be at complete peace? But I am guessing that if we were shown God’s plan, many of us, myself included, would probably think the plan didn’t make sense and would have with so many more questions for God.
We like to be in control, or we like the thought of being in control. We think we have to be in control for this or that to happen, and we feel comfortable when we are. But trust takes that sense of control away and gives it to Someone else.
The beauty of that kind of trust is seen with Mary’s response to the angel. Her focus wasn’t inward, she didn’t ask how this would change her life or what she would need to do. She didn’t ask dozens of questions. She surrendered to God’s will. She trusted if that was God’s plan for her it must be good.
Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.
Luke 1:38 (ESV)
The disciples gave up everything and followed Jesus. That took trust. They still may have had questions along the way, some doubts, and there were times they were frightened, but they put their faith and trust in Him and followed even when they didn’t even know how it would all turn out!
But we have the advantage of already knowing the path of His life. We know how it ends. We know how God’s promises were brought to life. We have been given so many examples. We can see just how awesome His love and power are.
From our point of view, things can look messy, but that isn’t the view that matters most. God has the correct point of view. He can see the whole picture and see how all the pieces fit together. He has worked through the messy before, so we can trust that He will continue to work through the messy.
We are asked to step out time and time again with blind faith — not knowing where our path will lead, not knowing what will come of this mess or trial. We are asked to offer ourselves to His purpose and plan in our lives and to trust that He will lead us in the right direction.
Remember, God doesn’t want us to live full of doubts and fears. He wants us to live in the peace and the security of trusting Him and His ways. Imagine how wonderful it would be to live without having fears and doubts weighing so heavily on our hearts.
So, don’t worry about what is next — God is next. That is the beauty of a life tuned to His truth, a life with eyes on Him, a life walking beside Him.
I have no clue where He is directing me in this season, but I am trusting my walk is tuned to His truth. Let it be. If you are in a messy season, keep your eyes on Him and He will walk you through.Today's reminder from @incourage: If you are in a messy season, keep your eyes on Him and He will walk you through. Click To Tweet