I’ve been trying to write this blog post for a couple days. On Saturday a tragedy struck a family I have only known a short time, but have grown to care deeply about. Ever since I heard, everything else has seemed somehow insignificant, and my words seem to fall into the abyss of well meaning yet unknowing chatter that brings nothing of importance. So this morning, on my scheduled day to post I have nothing. I am so glad that God’s Word has all I need.
There are so many times when we don’t know where to turn, what to do or how to take the next step. Everyday tasks can mount up until they seem overwhelming. Young women and mature women alike live such busy and demanding lifestyles today. The ordinary things of life… our jobs, our children, our spouse… not to mention the interest we have in our communities and other life fulfilling activities, all of these can truly blind us. They create a whirlwind of choices and decisions that swirls around in our minds and keeps us lost in uncertainty.
Sometimes we are faced with sudden and painful circumstances that make it difficult to know what to do… what to say… how to persevere and continue in life. Depending on how personal the circumstance is to our life… the pain can be total anguish that completely blinds us and turns our life into total darkness. Taking any step at all seems impossible. God is there for each of us… in every situation.
I teach in Boot Camp that the way to God’s direction is in our relationship to Christ and constantly including Him in our choices and decisions. Key to that principle is being convinced that God does not forsake us! To forsake means to abandon or desert. We need to be certain that God is always with us… not just in the overall, general sense of God being everywhere that we learned or heard as children. But in the personal – intimate with our confusion and pain – sense that God is talking about in this verse. We need to know that when we can’t see the next step He is right there to guide us. We need to know the depth of His love for us.
God brings light into the darkness. Have you ever been in a cave and had the tour guides turn off the lights. Pitch dark! So dark you can’t see anything even an inch from your eyes… it is exactly what it’s like to be blind. To think you might be alone in that place is staggering. But then they light a match and the light that surrounds it is amazing. You know you are not alone.
My personal experience of being abandoned as a child hindered this “knowing” for many years. I struggled with the lie that when I needed God the most He was not there. I listened to that lie and would keep my eyes shut tight… no sense looking for someone whom I was convinced wasn’t there. Then I would blindly try to find my way, groping and grasping for anything that I thought might bring me comfort. But God was there and He never left me even for a moment. When I read and listened to His Word; when I listened for His still small voice in my heart, He brought grace and truth and I would eventually open my eyes and my circumstances glowed with His presence.
In the ordinary life struggles and in painful loss and tragedy God is there. In His moment by moment presence we receive mercy, love and comfort. When we don’t know the way, He takes us by the hand and guides and directs us. This verse shows us exactly how God works… In Christ we accept that He is present with us and reach out to Him… He comforts our lost and hurting hearts; levels our paths, guides and directs us … overcoming our blindness and confusion we become convinced even more of His love and presence with us.
“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do and I do not forsake them.”
Isaiah 42:16 ESV
Father God thank you for your constant and unfailing love for each one of us… individually… personally and intimately. You are aware of the everyday yet overwhelming things of life. You are especially present in the midst of the tragic, desperate confusion we all experience sometimes. Your son Jesus experienced it personally; it was at those times He withdrew alone to pray. I ask you to guide my steps, each choice and decision that awaits me today. With you, my way becomes level and smooth, my heart becomes calm and sure. Thank you that you do not forsake me!
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