It is within each of us to choose which direction we will go, and how we will respond to the events of life. In the last few days I have run into this “wall”. I call it a wall but really it is a decision point, a ”swinging gate”, and not an impenetrable blockade. Many of you know that Major Bev and I took our baby girl, Betsy, off to college this past weekend. It was a bittersweet time for us. We have planned and encouraged and coached her for such a time as this. We have prayed for God’s direction and His blessing to bring it about … and yet I find myself struggling with it.
I am not alone in this type of struggle. Many of you are facing difficult times and choices are in front of you. The issue is about trusting God enough to live by faith. We believe that God has moved us to this time in all of our lives, equipping us along the way for the next step … but … doubt can creep in, and fear can begin to lead. How to respond? How to react? What is the choice before me? Do I trust God, or do I take a nap?
Proverbs 3:5, 6 provide a reasonable response, and a great promise. “5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” When difficult or troubling times come the first step in to set ourselves aside and look to what the Lord has done for us throughout our lives. This look back provides the momentum to move forward in faith, trusting that God is still for us. We can begin to see blessings and this prompts our hearts and minds to praise Him. When that happens we begin to see His way through and our choices begin to reflect a life focused on Him.
That is where Bev and I stand today. We will still need to adjust to a new phase of life, dealing with the sadness, but also rejoicing in the promise of tomorrow.
Beloved ones, trust in God, lean on Jesus, and allow the Holy Spirit to move you forward, through that “swinging gate”. Trust God and live by faith!