Do you ever feel like you don’t know what’s around the corner and it makes you anxious, maybe even scared? Sometimes you can be so scared that you stop in your tracks and go back the other direction. I was watching a movie the other night and on the movie was a corn maze. Have you ever walked through one of those? You’re walking along in this maze and things are going good. The sun’s out and you are having a nice walk, good thoughts are running in your mind, and you are feeling good about the direction you are going. Then, oops, you come to a dead end. You turn around and head back the direction you came and find another way to go. You take that turn and, again, you are having a nice walk on a nice day. You have faith that you are going in the right direction this time and then another dead end appears. Now your attitude starts to change! Now you start to doubt yourself; you start to get a little anxious. You back-track again and then find another turn. Then you start to question your decision. Did I already take that road or is this a different road. Suddenly you are in a panic! What if I already went this way? What if I get more lost? What if I never get out of here? It will be dark soon and then what will I do? Life is sometimes like the corn maze. It’s a beautiful day and we decide to take a journey. Maybe it’s a journey of our own or maybe it’s a journey that God has asked us to take.
My husband and I, for awhile now, have been feeling that God is leading us on a new journey. We have been praying and waiting for the right time and the right direction. We have walked down a few roads that we thought we should go. We always pray that if the direction we are going in is not in God’s Will that He will close the door. He has closed some doors. Those doors were doors that we thought seemed safe and the logical way to go. But they were the wrong way, and we were at a dead end. After a few doors shut, we questioned whether we had heard God correctly and if we were even supposed to go on this journey. The devil is sure to bring that to your mind when you get your eyes off God and focus on the dead end. The crazy thing is we were upset that the doors were closing, even though we had asked God to do just that if it was not His Will. Have you ever done that? You pray for God to do something and then when He does, you get upset with Him?
After several doors shut we decided, after much prayer and some crying, that we did hear God right, it just wasn’t His timing. We heard from God where we were to go, but didn’t wait for His instruction. We ran into the corn maze with no instructions. So many times we get excited and just start forging ahead. “We got this!” we tell God. Truth is, we don’t. Someone told me a little story a few weeks ago and it really resonated with me. There was this farmer and he felt he was called to be a preacher. He went out into the field one day and in the clouds God started to write some words. The clouds spelled out “go p” and before the preacher saw what the last word was, he assumed it meant, “go preach.” He ran off, sold his farm, and went to go preach. Everything went wrong and failed for this farmer. He was crying out to God “What happened? I did what you said!” God said to the farmer, “You didn’t stay long enough to read the rest of the word. I said, “Go plow.” Now, the farmer may have heard correctly from God to go preach, or he may not have. He didn’t wait on God to give him the next step. He took it upon himself to do what he thought God wanted him to do.
So many times we get a word, or a partial word, and then take off to do it ourselves. We need to get God’s instructions and follow His timing. It can be scary though. It can feel like you are waiting a long time and it’s never going to happen. You may question if you have heard from God. Be patient and pray and listen for your next step. Don’t get ahead of God, because His provisions will not be there if you do. God is a good God and Father. He will not leave you lost in a corn maze. If you keep your focus on Him, you will not get lost. I’m not saying, you won’t get some butterflies in your stomach because of the unknown; but what I am saying is that even when you are out on the ledge, ready to take the next step, you better be sure God is there placing the next stone for you to walk on. Your next step will always be safe and guided if you listen to God for His instruction. You can always count on God to lead your path and lead you to your best outcome!
Jeremiah 29:11-13(NLT) says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
We must always seek God first in all that we do. Matthew 6:33-34 (NLT) says “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I am not saying each step will be easy, but if it’s a step that God has ordained, then God will be in it. With God we do not have to be scared of the unknown. Lots of times the steps that God has us take do not make sense; they may even seem crazy. But we are not to lean on our own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” This scripture says “in all your ways.” Not just the ways that we can’t figure out on our own. God says in all your ways ask for His instruction.
I’m not good at that sometimes, I have to admit. Many times I have taken the road I thought I should take without God’s instruction and made a mess of my situation. I have to daily die to myself and my own ideas and look to God for His wisdom and direction if I want my path to be straight. Thank you God for your great wisdom, and that I can count that You will always bring me to Your perfect outcome if I lean on You for understanding!
My husband and I still have many journeys ahead of us, but we are waiting on the Lord. He has begun to open doors in the direction God has led, and we know that His blessings will follow if we wait on Him. We want to walk in God’s will for our life and His blessings. Thank you, God, for Your many blessings! Thank you, God, that you are a good Father and take care of Your children! You are all-knowing and with You there is never an ‘unknown.’